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In its quest for non – political or religious interferences with the judicial proceedings surrounding the death of senior police officer Alexander Saye, his family has appealed to Liberian authorities to transfer the case from Grand Gedeh County to either Montserrado or Grand Bassa to avoid possible intimidation or hindrance in the proceedings.

Mr. John Saye, one of the bereaved said the family wants a level playing field in the trial of the case ahead of the signing of the Book of Condolence opened by the Liberia National Police (LNP) at its headquarters Tuesday, 5 January for the late Deputy Commissioner of Police Alexander Saye.

“And also we want to say that where the suspect is serving his [pretrial detention] at the Grand Gedeh Correction Palace, uh, during the term of court we are appealing that the venue be changed from Grand Gedeh County to Montserrado or Grand Bassa maybe because of other political interference and religious interference,” he says.

Following the death of Officer Saye, it was reported in mid – December 2020 that the police in Grand Gedeh County had arrested and charged the National Security Agency (NSA) regional commander for Grand Gedeh County Mr. Sampson Penue for allegedly killing Officer Saye.

Officer Saye’s lifeless body was reported to have been found on Friday, 27 November 2020 with alleged bullet wounds.

The deceased officer had prior to his demise headed the police’s elite force Emergency Response Unity (ERU), commanded a company within the police’s riot control group Police Support Unit (PSU) and served as Regional Commander for Montserrado and Grand Gedeh County, respectively.

During the opening of the Book of Condolence for the late officer, Mr. John Saye noted Tuesday that the bereaved family wants nothing to intimidate or serve as hindrance to the court proceedings, thereby seeking the transfer of the murder suspect Mr.Penue from Grand Gedeh Correction Palace to Monrovia or Grand Bassa.

He also appeals to the police authorities to ensure that the late Alexander Saye gets justice “so that he will be happy while in his grave.”

“The way in which he died, it’s glaring that he was killed and we don’t want this to go just like that. We want to ensure that the late Alexander Saye gets justice,” he says.He suggests that after Alexander’s funeral, the most important thing that the family wants is to ensure that justice is served.

In special remarks, Police Inspector General Col. Patrick T. Sudue says it is saddening for the police to begin the year this way, but they cannot question God for the loss of one of their senior officers, Alexander Saye.

“His death was very untimely and unexpected! But again who are we to judge our true living God? God knows why and God is in control,” he says.

“And as I sign the book of condolence, I would like to inform the family that you should take heart, take courage in the Lord. The Lord who giveth, is the Lord that taketh,” Col. Sudue notes.

Earlier, Deputy Police Inspector General for Operations Col. Marvin Sackor indicated that it is unfortunate that at the beginning of the year the police will have such an event due to the death of one of their heroes.
Col. Sackor expresses thanks to the family of the late officer, as well as senior and junior officers of the LNP for being a part of the program.

By Winston W. Parley

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