Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Deceased Liberian soldier recommended for prosecution

You read that right. Details here and here. Excerpt from second article:

According to Sam Collins, the Assistant Minister for Press and Public Affairs, while the shooting incident that led to [Sgt. Prince] Tucker’s death was unfortunate; the deceased had to be charged with an attempt to commit murder under the [Liberian] Uniform Code of Military Justice.

“It sounds funny out there to hear that a dead person has been charged but the Armed Forces of Liberia has decided to do this in line with the law in the purview of the military and in consonance with the 1986 Constitution. It is a crime to take away life, it does not matter if you commit suicide,” Collins told journalists.

“The Military Police report recommended Sergeant Tucker be charged according to Article 80 (Attempt to Commit Murder); Article 128 (Aggravated Assault); Article 134 (Firearm, discharging willfully, under circumstances, has to endanger human life); and Article 92 (Failure to obey order or regulation) under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

Collins added that the Military Police investigation also found that Tucker shot himself to death — which carries a lot of charges including aggravated assault and willful firearm discharge under circumstances to endanger life.

Somehow a trial seems unlikely. For example, how would the accused plead?

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