Liberia Seeks US Help to Investigate Death of Prominent Citizen

By David wamuha

The Liberian government said it has asked the United States to assist in the investigation of the mysterious death of Harry Greaves, former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company, whose partly decomposed body was discovered January 31 on a beach near Monrovia.

Greaves, a Liberian citizen, had been politically active in the past and had recently been critical of the current Liberian government led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
A U.S.-based pathologist has determined the cause of death to be drowning. But Liberians have been demanding to know the manner of Greaves’ death.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the Liberian government has asked for U.S. assistance in the investigation because it too wants to get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding the death.

“We are doing this because we ourselves as a government want to know the actual circumstances leading to the death of Mr. Greaves, and we want to bring finality to this situation,” he said.
A letter said to be written to the acting U.S. Ambassador to Liberia by Liberia’s Justice Minister and attorney General Benedict Sannoh and published in the local FrontPage Africa online publication indicates President Johnson-Sirleaf’s own interest in the Greaves death.

“The President, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has expressed the desire to have an independent, credible and transparent investigation in to the circumstances leading to the death of Mr. Greaves and has directed me to exhaust the possibility of the Government of the United States of America conducting this investigation with the support of the Liberia National Police,” part of the letter said. read full report at

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