Johnson-Sirleaf threatens tough action over deadly clashes

Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson--Sirleaf has vowed to prosecute anyone found "to have used excessive force in violation of the law" during Monday's bloody clashes between the Liberian police and Monrovia's seaport security force.
The President has also set up an investigation panel to probe the clashes and come up with its findings in five working days.
The investigation panel is headed by national security advisor, Boimah Fahnbuelleh, and includes representatives of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the national bar association and the national law enforcement association of Liberia, as well as representatives of the civil society, the Liberia Council of Churches and the Solicitor General of Liberia.
The clashes left 36 people wounded and properties damaged, according to a statement from Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh, which was broadcast on local radio Monday night.
Liberian police authorities say 22 of their officers were wounded, while the management of the National Port Authority (NPA) said up to 13 of the agency's workers were hurt in the violence.
It took the intervention of the UN peacekeeping troops to quell the fighting and restore calm to the port area, located in Monrovia's Bushrod Island suburb.
In the meantime, the government has assured the citizens that calm had returned to the main seaport in the capital, and that it is opened for normal business.

10 july 2007 17:42:00

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