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Court Resumes Burglary Case Involving LNP Officers
By Richard D. Baysah,  LINAMargibi County Correspondent     

KAKATA, March 23 (LINA) - The Magisterial Court in Kakata, Margibi County has resumed hearing the burglary case involving a shop assistant identified as Adama Sidibi, involving some officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

It can be recalled that in September 2015, defendant Sidibi copied the keys to the shop of a local Malian businessman, Musa Dolo, entered it and made away with over L$100,000 and US$9,000.

Sidibi was later arrested with the money after the motorcyclist he chartered alarmed the police, who upon arresting Sidibi with the huge sum of money in a bag allegedly took some of the money before proceeding with it to the LNP headquarters in Monrovia.

Since the incident, the complainant, Musa Dolo, has been pursuing the case at the Kakata Magisterial Court, leading it to subpoena the Deputy Police Director for Operations to testify as the stolen amount was allegedly taken to his office by the Deputy Chief of Traffic.

Appearing in court on Monday, March 21, as state witness, the Deputy Chief of Police for Operations, Col. Prince Mulbah, revealed that in September 2015, he received a call from one of his deputies of the traffic section of the LNP.

Col. Mulbah said he was informed by the officer that a criminal was arrested with a huge sum of money in a bag around the Parker Paint area in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

He stated that the traffic police officer asked him (Prince Mulbah) if the alleged criminal could be taken to his office on Capitol Hill with the money.

According to him, he agreed to this proposal, adding that the officer brought and turned over defendant Sidibi in handcuffs to him.

The security boss told the court that he did not count the money, but called one of his deputies from the CSD section of the LNP, Jersey Harris, to investigate the situation.

Col. Mulbah further disclosed that the traffic officer in question had no right to have taken the defendant to the Police headquarters, adding, “The police officer committed a breach of ethics to have arrested a criminal and not forwarded the case to the proper section at the nearest police station.”

He further told the court that the investigation conducted by his deputy revealed that the money was in two currencies (Liberian and United States dollars).

When asked by lawyers, he said the total money was a little over L$100,000 out of L$107,000, while US$900 was disclosed out of US$7,000.

The trial continues.

LINA RDB/TSS/PTK

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