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Statement by Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh

first_imgLadies and Gentlemen of the PressOn Thursday, February 12, 2015 at about 7pm, the Liberia National Police (LNP) was informed that the body of male adult, about 48 years, alleged to be a Liberian and an Attorney at Law, was lying on South beach within the vicinity of 5th. Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.The Forensic and Homicide Investigators of the LNP immediately proceeded to the scene. Upon arrival at about 7.45 pm that evening, they observed the body lying on his back wearing only a swimming trunk.  His body was covered with particles of sand, and he was observed to be foaming from his nose and mouth. His eyes were reddish. No physical injuries were observed on the body. There were no lacerations or cuts on his body.  Photographs were taken which confirm these initial findings. The body was about 47 feet from the water.The LNP, due to the prevailing Ebola regulations on the removal and transport of dead bodies, could not take the body immediately from the scene for preservation pursuant to and adherence to Ebola preventive measures. As you are quite aware, the Ebola Protocol at all relevant times during this incident, dictate that all dead bodies should be presumed Ebola positive until it is tested by the Health Team and proven otherwise before removal.  Hence the body remained on the beach until the next morning, covered with a cloth.On February 13, the LNP and the Forensic team returned to the incident scene, and after clearance was obtained, the body was taken to the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home where the body was re-examined by the LNP Forensic team.  At the examination at the Funeral home, the body was observed to have some superficial wounds on the right lower ear lobes, upper right neck, right eye brow, left hip and the left ring and middle fingers. Pictures were taken of these observations. .Simultaneously with the taking of the body and subsequent examinations, the LNP interviewed over 20 eye witnesses  who one way or the other interacted with the deceased, saw the unfolding events on that fateful day immediately  prior to his death and thereafter. Those interrogated included the fiancée of the deceased, security guards assigned to residences in the vicinity of the incident, and residents in the vicinity who saw the deceased and his fiancée as they walked along the beach, as well as Brazilian national who rescued the deceased from the water and brought him on shore.The LNP also interviewed others who, although not on the scene at the time of the incident,  either worked with,  knew and interacted with the deceased, or were called upon and arrived at the scene and saw the body. The LNP also interviewed some Honorable members of the Legislature who were called to the scene and who also saw the victim on the evening of the incident.Based on the investigations conducted thus far, the facts indicate that the deceased on the fateful day, February 12, 2015 at about left his 12st residence along with his fiancée, and decided to take stroll along the beach. At some point, the deceased decided to take a bath in the water, following which he took off his clothes and walked into the sea.Information gathered indicate that the forces of the water may have overwhelmed the deceased and began to drift further into the sea. When his fiancée noted this, she yelled for help.  A Brazilian national, who was living in the vicinity of the incident responded, jumped into the water with a floater and managed to pull the deceased from the water.  When the victim was brought on shore, he was seen foaming from his mouth and nose. Attempts to resuscitate proved futile.  All those who saw the deceased after he was taken from the water confirmed that they saw no marks, lacerations or cuts on the body.On February 16, 2015, the LNP contracted the services of one Dr, Simeon Owizz Koroma, a Pathologist with a Sierra Leone nationality, to conduct a post morten examination on the deceased with the view to ascertain the cause of death.  By then, I was out of the Country on official matters.Upon my return, I directed that at least two separate autopsies be conducted in light of the sensitivities and public attention that the case has attracted.  Accordingly I directed the Solicitor to identify another Forensic pathologist out of the region to do the second autopsy.  The SG secured the services of Dr, Carl Wigren  a forensic pathologist from the United States of America. Let me say upfront that these two doctors are eminently qualified in the field of forensic pathology..Dr. Owizz, MD, is Consultant pathologist, Mortuary Services and Forensic Medicine; Lecturer in Pathological Sciences at College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone. He is an experienced Forensic Pathologist, with over 36 years practical and teaching experience.  He had performed autopsies for the UN backed Special Court in Sierra Leone on Sam Bockarie, Foday Sankoh and Chief Hinga Norman in Sierra Leone, as well on the 25 victims of the UN Helicopter crash and the 22 victims of the Togolese helicopter explosion at Lungi Airport.  At the time he was contracted, he was the Government of Sierra Leone Chief pathologist. Upon review of his CV and relevant documents, the LNP determined that he was qualified to conduct the autopsy.Dr. Carl Wigren, MD an American National, is Forensic Pathologist, Board Certified in Forensic & Anatomic Pathology and practices in the United States.On February 16, upon the authorization of the Ministry of Justice and the request of the Inspector General of the Liberian National Police, Dr. Owizz conducted the autopsy on the deceased at the John F. Kennedy Medical Facility in the presence of ACP Jersey K. Harris, Chief Investigator, LNP; Mr. Abu Daramy, CID; Mr. Terry Kerkula, Forensics, LNP; Augustine Mehn, Investigator, LACC; Balamo Kofa, LACC; Abraham B. Erikson Coroner and Richard Johnson, Mortician.   Dr. Owizz conducted a comprehensive examination of the body, including external and internal  parts, and in a report issued concluded that that the cause of death was drowning and that in his professional and expert opinion, the cause of death was natural.Dr. Carl Wigren, M.D., also upon the authorization of the Minister of Justice and the request of the Solicitor General, performed the second autopsy on March 10, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. He took over 226 photographs during the examination documenting specific findings.  On February, Dr. Carl Wigren issued a preliminary report in which he concluded also that the cause of death was drowning.  He also concluded that “upon thorough examination of the body, that in consideration of the circumstances surrounding his death and the internal and external examination of the body, the death of this 48 year old male is due to asphyxia due to salt water drowning. Cutaneous (skin) defects involving eye lids, neck, ears, and hip are not the result of blunt force injury, but instead are due to animal predation following death. The manner of accident is consistent with accident.”Under our law and practice, it is the province of the expert medical personnel to establish the cause of death and the manner of death.  Investigations conducted by the LNP are intended to determine whether a crime has occurred and to identify, arrest, interrogate and charge those who they have probable cause to believe committed the crime.  In the instant case, the LNP did not receive any evidence, nor did it uncover any evidence from its investigations that the manner of death was criminal.The investigation did not uncover any evidence of foul play or that his death was induced by the conduct of another person or instrumentality.  Accordingly, I must conclude and hereby announce that the Government of Liberia considers the death of the body found on South Beach as natural and resulting from drowning.  Not having established that anyone was implicated in the death of the deceased or contributed to the death, there will be no charges or prosecutions. This investigation for all intents and purpose is now closed.Having addressed the medical conclusions and the prosecutorial decision we have reached, let me now turn to the identity of the body that was found on the Beach which is the subject of these conference.  Since this incident, we have read about a series of newspaper articles which can be best described as irresponsible journalism pregnant with lies, innuendoes and false accusations. Based on our investigations, the body that was found on the beach is that of Mr. Maurice Denzel Bryce, Jr, born in Bahamas on December 8, 1967.  On November 16, 2005, Mr. Bryce was issued a United States Passport in which he is named as Mr. Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi. His US Passport issued on 16 November 2005 indicates that he was born on 18 December 1967 in the Bahamas.We also have copy of a Passport issued to him by Bahamas dated September 13, 2005 which carries him as Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi, said to be born on December 8, 1967 in Grand Bahama , Bahamas.Mr. Mulmi also held two Liberian Passports. One was issued to him on July 7, 2006, which listed his place of birth as New York, USA. This passport was valid up to July 6, 2011.  Upon the expiration of this passport, he was issued a second passport on February 1, 2012 valid up to January 31, 2017. This passport listed his place of birth as Harper. It is this passport that carried him as Nkrumah Moziah Mulmi-Allison, which was based on a birth certificate issued by the Ministry of Health which lists the name of Gle D. Allison (Spelled as Gle, as opposed to “Gray D Allison”) as his father.  We have seen no evidence as to how he came to be referred to as Michael Allison.  There no record showing a change of name through the Circuit Court as required under our laws.  One additional confirmation is that comparison of the finger prints of the deceased and that taken when the US Passport was issued to him show a perfect match.Accordingly, we confirm that the body which was found on South Beach on February 12, 2015, which was identified by all who knew him as Michael Allison, was in fact that of Mr. Nkrumah Mosiah Nadir Mulmi, formerly Maurice Denzel Bryce, a citizen of Bahamas and of the United States of America. While he represented himself as Michael Allison in Liberia, and there is no evidence that this was his legal name. This leaves the Ministry of Justice to conclude that the person who was found dead on the beach and identified as Michael Allison, led a very dubious life, taking upon identities and changing names as the circumstances demand.  While the dubious nature of the life of the deceased does not diminish his dignity as a human being, and hence a duty imposed on the Government to thoroughly investigate and established the cause of his death, a duty we have fully discharged as a Government, there are lessons to be learned from this incident. Firstly, we need more scrutiny with respect to the manner in which our institutions discharge their statutory duties and responsibilities in the issuance of identity documents. The Michael Allison case is an indictment against the Passport Division, the Bureau of vital statistics, and the Liberian National Bar by admitting him into Bar.Secondly, we have to be careful as a people not to jump to conclusions, and engage in conduct that has the propensity to embarrass the Government.  The fact that the deceased was an alleged whistle blower in a case under investigation by the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission (LACC), is immaterial to the establishment of the cause of his death, which is a professional exercise.  In the beginning of this process, some people came forward claiming to be relatives of Mr. Allison. We encourage them to come forward now that the investigation has been concluded so that they can claim the body of their loved one and undertake the necessary funeral arrangements, subject only to a DNA test to establish their relationship.On behalf of the Government of Liberia, we want to express our profound regrets on the passing of this young man. It is God who giveth and it is God who taketh away.  We want the family to know, wherever they are, whether in Bahamas, in the USA or in Liberia that the Government of Liberia has discharged its statutory responsibility in this matter consistent with our laws and international best practices and we are satisfied that the cause of his death is natural. May his soul rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him.  Thank youShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt Minister calls out Indigenous peoples over land claims

first_img…says all Guyanese have a right to resourcesSome Indigenous villages in the country have failed to adequately occupy and accordingly utilise the lands that they possess, yet, they are applying for more access to lands.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockThis is according to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who, at the launching of Indigenous Heritage Month 2019 on Sunday, pointed out that while the issue of land rights is important, Indigenous peoples need to take into consideration that they are not the only ones who are entitled.“Then, there are those (villages) that have outgrown their land space. Let us firstly justify our need for land extension, showing how, and what plans are in place to utilise the additional land….It is also important that Indigenous peoples understand that all Guyanese have a right to share in the distribution of our resources…,” Allicock told the gathering.He stated that Indigenous peoples across the country need to collaborate with others to find “a middle ground” in relation to ownership and rights of lands that belong to the country.“Our land rights are multifaceted and while it is important that our policy makers understand the value of space for other forms of life to survive, many villages have been applying for land extension with no clear vision with how the land will be used.Claims for ancestral lands which our fore parents used…to hunt, fish and farm now need to be supported by a village improvement plan,” he explained.Minister Allicock further noted that a village improvement plan is important in identifying development that is needed and that this should be the focus of the Indigenous communities in the country.“It is only you who would be able to know what your most valuable resources are and what kinds of projects will be benefitting to you. We have to be able to understand what we have so that we can better plan. We have to be able to develop a land management plan to keep us properly organised so that 100 years from now, we would still be able to have our lands bringing benefits to us”.According to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, the APNU/AFC Government did not set out to deprive Indigenous persons of their lands, but instead, the administration is “encouraging efficient land management” of resources in a country with a growing population and rapid economic development”.“Our development hinges on our ability to efficiently manage and sustain our resources. In almost every village, there is an abundance of natural resources,” he added.Just recently, former President of the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) and Chairman of the Upper Mazaruni District Council, Toshao Mario Hastings, said that in cases where titles may have been issued, these were done without consultation and without the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous peoples.Inevitably, this has resulted in severe challenges on rights violations since Indigenous peoples’ right to own, use and occupy traditional lands is constrained in many ways, he noted.“Our hunting, fishing, spawning, farming, gathering grounds, lie outside of our titled lands. Our sacred sites outside of titled lands are being desecrated by mining which is done without our consent. We are faced with fragmented titles enabled by deficient laws that do not recognise our collective right nor support our collective decision making”.last_img read more

RCMP search still underway near Gillam

first_imgGILLAM, M.B. – During a press conference on Friday, Manitoba RCMP said the search by Gillam is still underway.While there are no confirmed sightings of the suspects the RCMP are open to the idea that someone may have helped the pair leave the area. The RCMP will also start door to door canvassing in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation.The RCMP have also released this video of the pair in Meadow Lake, S.K. before they were scene in Gillam.- Advertisement – The RCMP are asking the public to remain vigilant as the pair may have changed their appearance.Kam McLeod & Bryer Schmegelsky MAY have changed their appearance & inadvertently been given assistance to leave the area by someone that was not aware of who they were. If anyone out there is hesitant to come forward – it is crucial for you call police immediately. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 26, 2019Advertisement Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 23.center_img The RCMP said the following at the press conference. “Kam McLeod & Bryer Schmegelsky MAY have changed their appearance & inadvertently been given assistance to leave the area by someone that was not aware of who they were. If anyone out there is hesitant to come forward – it is crucial”The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.On Tuesday the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019. RCMP search near Gillam Manitoba for two suspects in three Northern B.C. homicides – RCMPThen on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United told Sergio Ramos will cost £65MILLION

first_img Sergio Ramos 1 Manchester United will have to pay around £65m to persuade Real Madrid to sell Sergio Ramos.Reports in Spain claim that Ramos has fallen out with Real president Florentino Perez and the defender is thought to be unsure about the appointment of new manager Rafael Benitez.Ramos reportedly met with Real directors this week and asked them to listen to offers from other clubs.According to AS, Real are open to selling the 29-year-old but are demanding a world record fee for a centre-back, having already rejected a bid of £35m from United.United are likely to come back with an improved offer but will not include goalkeeper David de Gea as part of the deal.last_img read more

Liverpool-linked Carlo Ancelotti reveals AC Milan snub

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti would have returned to AC Milan this summer – if he had not been so fatigued by the Real Madrid job.The Italian was sacked by the La Liga giants in the summer after two years in the Spanish capital.The 56-year-old, who lead Real to Champions League glory in 2014, has not been short of suitors since leaving the Bernabeu and he has now revealed his former club, Milan, came calling.Ancelotti coached the Serie A side for eight years from 2001 to 2009, but he says he rejected the chance to return this summer due to burnout.“When he learned I wouldn’t be staying in Madrid, [AC Milan CEO Adriano] Galliani game to test the waters,” Ancelotti, who has been linked with the vacancy at Liverpool, explained in an interview with Corriere della Sera.“He showed me all his affection, but I told him right away: ‘no thanks’. We spent some nice days together, Galliani is nice, and he’s intelligent but after two years at Real I had no energy.“Real is very draining. We didn’t even talk about money. That said, if it had been another time I would have come back.“What I know for sure is that will train a club team [next]. It’s not time yet [for international management].” Carlo Ancelotti 1last_img read more

CASSIDY ROW TAKES TO TWITTER!

first_imgAXED county star Kevin Cassidy has used Twitter to hit back at team-mates who backed manager Jim McGuinness in the row over a controversial book.The Gaoth Dobhair player was axed last month after McGuinness said his contribution to a “behind the scenes” book on the county’s Ulster Championship-winning season to have breached a confidentiality agreement.Yesterday captain Michael Murphy told reporters that the whole panel agreed that the wing-back’s actions had been “out of line”. But Cassidy has hit back with a Tweet, sending a message appears to hit out at his former team-mates.“In life the opinions you express should be you’re [sic] own and you shouldn’t be influenced by others,” he said on Twitter. CASSIDY ROW TAKES TO TWITTER! was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal gaGAAKevin Cassidylast_img read more

DD Fitness: The 10k per day challenge

first_imgThis week we have set a simple challenge for the Rushe Fitness members.Before you freak out at the headline, it isn’t running 10k every day.It’s way simpler than that. The most steps done over the next six weeks wins a prize.It’s a simple, but effective challenge that anyone can do and get involved in and best of all, a bit of competition does no harm and adds to the fun in the gym.Find out more about joining us hereCLICK HEREWhy do a challenge like this? It turns out we may need it more than you realise.We are spending more and more of our lives sitting down throughout the day. At workAt homeWatching TVOn our phonesOn our computersPlaying onlineOur lives are moving towards less activity and it is beginning to show on our waistlines.So, I’m taking this head-on and have a simple challenge that everyone can do and the best part is, EVERYONE has what they need to participate.The 10k per day challenge might seem a bit much, but it’s not what it seems.I’m not expecting you to run 10km each day, that’s a bit much even for me.We are going to build up to 10 thousand steps per day over the next few weeks. Studies have shown that those who hit over 10k steps per day are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.So, there is a great reason to get your daily steps in.If you have a FitBit or any other of the activity trackers you can see what you are currently doing and then you can start to take steps (see what I did there) to hit the 10k challenge.But, if you don’t and you have no plans to go out and buy one, you may not realise that you already have a step tracker and you use it EVERY DAY! All smartphones have built-in activity trackers and even if they don’t, you can download one for FREE and start to use it straight away.Some people would complain that these are completely accurate and that they wouldn’t use them because of this.Here’s the thing;We aren’t tracking the Dublin marathon, so don’t be negative before you even start.We are looking at how active you are throughout the day, and if you are only hitting 2-3 thousand steps right now, you AREN’T being very active at all and that needs to change.So, now is the time to change this.If you are only hitting 2-3 thousand steps per day, what I DON’T want you to do is go from that to 10k steps per day.I would rather you went to;5k steps week 17k steps week 29k steps week 310k steps from then on.The slower progression will build you up nicely to getting them in and the longer time frame to do this will mean it will more than likely become a habit you will keep.So, who’s in?This is really achievable and something you can get your office, friends or family involved in together.Be sure to let me know how you are getting on with this and if you are hitting your daily total.Happy Stepping#leanin2019You can get in on the challenge by joining our Letterkenny Gym Community.Find out all details through the link below.JOIN HERE NOW!DD Fitness: The 10k per day challenge was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PUF Caps record 18 hits, beat Humboldt Crabs 11-3 in series finale

first_imgARCATA >> On a bright Arcata afternoon with the conditions fit for hitting, the Crabs’ pitching staff certainly got a first-hand example of what the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists are like on a good day.It started with a leadoff home run in the top of the first and never stopped, as the PUF Caps’ lineup full of soon-to-be Division II players recorded 18 hits in their 11-3 win over the Humboldt Crabs on Sunday to take the final regular-season weekend series this summer.Crabs skipper Tyson …last_img read more

St. Bernard’s boys use big fourth-quarter run to pull away for win over Hoopa Valley

first_imgEureka >> Steve Thrap didn’t even hesitate with his answer. The Crusaders’ veteran head coach knew right away what kicked things into gear once and for all.“I’m not even sure when it was, but Tyus Francis’ dive on the floor (to get a loose ball), I think that energized everything,” Thrap recalled. “I think that was the beginning of everything when he did that.”Indeed it was.The St. Bernard’s Academy boys basketball team opened the fourth quarter on a massive 16-2 run to put, at long last, …last_img read more

Hertl scores twice, but Sharks’ power play woes continue in loss to Coyotes

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl couldn’t completely steal the spotlight away from Taylor Hall and the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.Hall assisted on Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal with 2:37 left in the third period as the Coyotes handed the Sharks a 3-2 loss at SAP Center.Hertl scored goals in both the first and second period but the Sharks could not beat Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper a third time, as they fell to 1-2-0 under …last_img read more