Prosecution 9th Witness Testifies in ‘Mercenary’ Trial
By Comfort Johnson, Intern
MONROVIA April 25 (LINA) -The ninth prosecution witness in the ongoing ‘mercenary’ trial at Criminal Court ‘D’, Chief Inspector of the Liberia National Police( LNP), Thomas Wilson, Thursday took the stand to testify.
Inspector Wilson, who is assigned with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) as planning officer, said in his testimony that he was assigned in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County on a special operation in 2012.
The witness explained that while in Grand Gedeh County, the Liberian government received information that some individuals were regularly travelling from Liberia to Ivory Coast to fight in the rebel war and later returning to Liberia.
He added that based on this information, the Liberian Government deployed ERU officers along the Ivory Coast-Liberia border to protect and monitor the frontier.
In his testimony, Wilson said on July 22, 2012, he received a call from his boss in Monrovia to report at the Zwedru Police Station.
He said when he got at the police station his boss told him that he had received information that Neezee Barway had instructed his son, Small Barway, through a phone call to go along with the state security in Garleo Forest to retrieve some arms and ammunition.
He further testified that they had teams set up, comprising ERU and the military, along with policemen Thomas Gladier and Small Barway.
He stressed that they searched for the arms and ammunition, but only found the ammunition.
He said after their return to Zwedru, they displayed the ammunition, including bombs, at the charge of quarters, and took photos of everything that was in the bag and brought them to Monrovia for safe-keeping.
When defense lawyers asked witness Wilson how was he able to identify ammunition that he claimed to be AK-47 rounds, and whether the police have specialists trained specifically in arms and ammunitions identification.
Witness Wilson responded that he was from a police unit that uses riffle, shot gun and pistol, adding, “you need to study the opposite side of the ammunitions whether you are using it or not.”
Meanwhile, Judge Emery Paye has said the witness under sequestration and placed him under the strict custody of the sheriff until disposed of and discharged.