Dismissed soldier sells weapons?

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Police in Monrovia have charged and sent to court a dismissed officer of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Soko Sackor for the possession and sale of physical objects for lethal use and impersonating official.

A police charge sheet that conveyed suspect Sackor to the Monrovia City Court Thursday, 10 May says he was allegedly in possession of weapons illegally, including one single barrel shotgun, a military knife, one live single barrel round and a set of military uniform.

It says he allegedly narrated during investigation that he was recruited by the military in 2009 and was later dismissed in June 2017. Mr. Sackor faces multiple criminal charges of possession and sale of physical objects for lethal use and impersonation, respectively.

He faced investigation and subsequent charges after he was pulled over by police officers at the Orange Grow Checkpoint in Grand Bassa County during which they discovered in his back bag the gun, military knife, military uniform and single barrel round.

Liberia National Police (LNP’s) Commissioner for Operation Meki S. Gray says to investigators that suspect Sackor was on his way to Monrovia on Monday, 7 May along with his brother Losene Sackor on a motorbike when police officers pulled him over to carry out check.

The police are claiming in the charge sheet that suspect Soko Sackor “voluntarily admitted to the crime Possessions and Sale of Physical Objects for Lethal Use.” They say suspect Sackor allegedly told the investigation that he bought the single barrel shotgun for his personal protection.

Investigators say they were able to retrieve from suspect Sackor one single barrel shotgun, a live single barrel round, one military uniform and military knife. He has been sent to court to face prosecution.

By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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