Police Exonerate Former Inspector General in Journalist’s Murder

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia National Police has exonerated its former inspector general, Chris Massaquoi, in the case involving the murder of journalist Tyron Brown, who worked for Super Communications, which operates Super FM and TV.

The spokesman of the police, Deputy Commissioner Moses Carter, told journalists on Tuesday that the police had not levied any charges against Massaquoi.

Carter said the former inspector general was treated in the police investigation as a person of interest and was never charged for committing any crime.

“He cooperated, and we saw no reason to charge him,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman has further clarified that the former police boss was never covered up by the LNP investigation, as it is being insinuated “by some members of the general public”.

He noted that the matter was now before the court and that the police would not make further comment.

Jonathan Williams, the 48-year-old man who was arrested as the prime suspect in the case involving the death of the journalist was formally charged for murder and sent to court.

Williams was processed to court along with five others who were also charged for criminal facilitation and conspiracy in connection to the case. They include Alice and Edwina Youti, Massah and Caesar Kennedy, and Joana Bracewell.

The police earlier announced that it was interrogating its former inspector general as part of its investigation into the murder of the journalist who was discovered dead in Paynesville’s Duport Road community with physical wounds on his body.

The Police spokesman earlier told The Bush Chicken in an interview that Massaquoi was not being investigated, but rather, he was being interrogated based on testimonies provided by a witness in the investigation.

Carter said the former police boss would only be charged and prosecuted if probable causes were established to prove that he participated in the commission of the crime.

Carter refused to go into the details of the former inspector general’s connection into the investigation, but it was being widely speculated that the prime suspect in the murder case, Jonathan Williams, had told investigators that he informed the former inspector general that he had killed the Super FM/TV journalist on the very night of the incident.

FrontPage Africa reported that police and a lawyer of the former police Inspector General disputed a detailed account from the police’s own charge sheet stating that Massaquoi visited the crime scene where the journalist was murdered.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is currently a senior student at the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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