Monrovia – It is becoming clear that the Liberia National Police (LNP) is being stagnant in coming up with its penalties from the investigation into the death of the late Charloe Musu, the daughter of former Chief Justice Glorious Musu Scott.
By Willie N. Tokpah, [email protected]
Sources within the corridors of the LNP have hinted FrontPageAfrica that the delay is due to a dispute between the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Justice, as to which report to release.
There have been mounting speculation that the police want to charge Cllr. Scott with the crime of murder, but Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean is reportedly opposed to that decision, and calling for a lesser charge of manslaughter or negligent homicide.
The police are reportedly planning to come down with the murder charges anytime soon, despite Minister Dean’s opposition to their findings.
This, is accordingly due to information gathered by FPA, the police have gathered sufficient facts for the prosecution of the former Chief Justice.
According to our source, the police investigative team had collected a series of clues from the community and as well, the clinic where the late Charloe Musu was rushed during the early morning hours.
A few weeks ago, the LNP had planned to call a press conference on its final findings but was canceled.
Our source noted that it was due to the feud between the Minister of Justice and the LNP, as to which charge to get on Cllr. Scott may have prompted said press conference, after which the Ministry of Justice had to conduct its press conference.
It is yet not clear when the LNP would release the charges on Cllr. Scott, but the LNP source said she should be charged with murder but if Minister Dean is successful in influencing the police, a lesser crime like manslaughter or negligent homicide.
Police have since reported that its preliminary investigation shows no evidence of a break-in.
But Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott and her family have categorically expressed their reservations about the preliminary report released by the Liberia National Police following what many believe was an assassination attempt on her life that led to the brutal stabbing of her children, causing the death of one.
The incident took place at the Brewerville home of the former Chief Justice between 9-10 pm last Thursday.
Former Chief Justice Scott said a man whom she had observed during the day looking somewhat “strange” was hired to do some electricity work at her residence, but hide himself in her house after he and his colleagues had retired and attacked her family at night and killed one of her daughters when he was tackled.
The police reported that the preliminary investigation shows no evidence of a break-in.
However, Cllr. Scott and the Musu family raised some issues with the police preliminary report and indicated that it may have been pre-determined.
Cllr. Scott maintained that the government was made aware through the Police Depot in Brewerville and the Minister of Justice after the first, second, and even the third attacks, which saw the gruesome murder of her daughter, Charloe Musu, a prospective graduate of Star University College, the stabbing of Alice Johnson, wounding of Gertrude Newton, and the attempt on her life.
“On Thursday, February 23, 2023, less than 24 hours after the assassination attack on us at our Brewerville residence, the government through the Liberian National Police – LNP, issued a statement insinuating that the assassin might have been a domestic worker only because there had been hired electricians working in the house on that fateful day, even though there were two initial attacks on the 8th and 9th of February 2013, two nights in a row, which were reported to the Police. This suggests to us that the Police knew the facts even before conducting the investigation,” Cllr. Scott stated.
She explained that the armed robber kept asking her daughter for the keys when he was already inside the house. “He wanted to open the door for the others to come in,” she said.
The former Chief Justice explained that she went into her bathroom to scream for rescue as her daughter was being stabbed multiple times by the robber and at the same time requesting for the keys to the house.
She said she narrowly escaped when she sprayed pepper spray on the eyes of the armed robber.
However, an autopsy report conducted on the remains of the last Charloe Musu suggested that she was pieced multiple times, which resulted in severe bleeding and damage to the blood vessel under her rib.
In his outcomes, Pathologist Dr. Benedict Kolee noted that a sharp object was used to piece the late Charlie many times in a very violent manner, and two of the injuries on her left side cut a blood vessel under her rib, causing her to bleed profusely outside and inside.
According to him, the bleeding inside filled her left side chest and damaged the left lung.
Before the Pathologist’s post-mortem report, there were accusing fingers pointed at an employee of the Monrovia City Police, Varlee Talleh for being allegedly behind the murder of Charloe Musu.
But the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has rubbished allegations by former Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chairman Jerome Verdier that the raid and murder at the home of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott were carried out by one Varlee Talleh allegedly on orders of City Mayor Jefferson Koijee.
In a Lives radio interview, Cllr. Verdier alleged that Varlee Terlleh said to be a former rebel, acted on orders of Mr. Koijee.
According to Cllr. Verdier, Varlee Telleh had straight orders allegedly from Koijee to enter Cllr. Musu-Scott’s home sodomizes her before killing her.
Koijee has denied the claims and has since threatened to sue the luminary Liberian lawyer who is based in the United States.
In fact, in one press conference, the MCC displayed Varlee Telleh said to be an employee of the MCC.
Talleh himself has since denied the allegations by Cllr. Verdier added that he did not do anything wrong and has never escaped the country as alleged by Cllr. Verdier.
Meanwhile, there have been concerns from the public as to why the police is delaying to release it’s charges on the perpetrator of the alleged murder of the late Charloe Musu.