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Grand Jurors in River Gee County, southeast Liberia have indicted 13 persons on multiple crimes in connection with the burning down of a police station, a Liberian Flag and a commercial truck that killed a motorcyclist last month.

River Gee County Attorney Wesseh A. Wesseh, told The NewDawn Sunday, 6 September that the indictees include a Clan Chief – E. TulayNyan and Bobby Jalawah, identified as alleged ringleader of a mob action that led to the reported arson.

The indictees face charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, arson, aggravated assault and theft of property. A Town Chief who was also arrested along with the indictees has been released because Atty. Wesseh says investigators found no evidence against him.

The Clan and Town Chiefs were both suspected to have incited young people into going on the rampage after the truck and the motorbike conveying victim Samuel Choloplay collided in a curve.  After the accident, the angry mob was reported to have pursued the truck driver,BangalieKonneh, at the police station between KalipoKarnweaken and Jolowroken and tussled with police officers in demand of the fleeing driver.

Atty. Wesseh says there are possibilities prosecutors may seek change of venue for the trial of the case this November from Fish Town, River Gee County to either neighboring Maryland County or Grand Gedeh County.

There was heavy deployment of riot police from neighboring counties and Monrovia into River Gee in August to calm the situation, following the deadly reaction by the angry mob. Initially most of the suspects were said to have gone into hiding after they set the Flag, police station and the truck ablaze.

By Winston W. Parley – Editing by Jonathan Browne

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