The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Liberia, Frank Musah Dean has told Plenary of the House of Representatives that the government does not have money to conduct autopsy of every questionable death in the country.
Minister Dean, appearing before the House of Representatives recently, said Liberia has only two pathologists with no laboratory for testing of specimen.
To conduct an accurate Autopsy, Minister Dean said, specimen have to be extracted and sent abroad for advanced examinations, something the Government is not able to do owing to the huge financial implications.
The Justice Minister was being questioned over his alleged refusal to cooperate with the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus in the ongoing investigation into the death of Morris Toe, former agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assigned in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Toe’s lifeless body was discovered in April 2019 near the compound of ArcelorMittal in Buchanan. The family has since called for an autopsy, alleging Toe was killed under mysterious circumstance.
The Government agreed to launch an investigation to establish the cause of death; however about 10 months later, the investigation has not completed and Toe’s body has not been buried.
This has led to anger and widespread condemnation from the family and residents of the county over the Government and the County’s Legislative Caucus failure to bring the case to a closure and allow “Toe to be laid to rest.”
The Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, through its Chairman, Rep. Thomas Goshua (District #5, Grand Bassa County) said the caucus has written several letters to Minister Dean, as well as calling his mobile phone and text messages, requesting an audience with him to brief the caucus on the status of the investigation but the Minister has refused to respond.
This led the Caucus to seek plenary’s indulgence to invite the Attorney General to give reasons for his “flagrant disrespect to the caucus” and to inform them on the status of the investigation.