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A team of professional pathologists from the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences in America is expected to arrive in Monrovia today, Friday, 5th February to immediately conduct an autopsy on the body of the late ex-managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, Harry Greaves, according to the Government of Liberia.

The new Minister of Information, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, told a regular press briefing Thursday in the Charles Gbenyon Conference Room of the ministry on Capitol Hill that the team of pathologists departed the United States yesterday, headed by the director of the institute.

Minister Nagbe further revealed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with the Charge’ or Acting Ambassador, at the United States Embassy near Monrovia and communicated a ‘Note About’ requesting for U.S. crimes investigators to probe the suspicious death of Mr. Greaves, who was found dead Sunday, 31 January on shores behind the old budget bureau on Capitol Hill in Monrovia after he reportedly went missing from the RLJ Kendeja Hotel along the Robertsfield highway in Margibi County where he had logged in about two days earlier.

“We expected a favorable response soonest”, the minister said, and stressed, “We seek to fight the negative speculations.” He said there is already an ongoing criminal investigation at the RLJ Kendeja Resort, which is owned by African-American millionaire Robert L. Johnson. The MICAT boss however said he is not at liberty to give details on the ongoing probe.

“Like the President said upon her arrival, we want a transparent, and credible investigation into the death of Mr. Harry Greaves, because it has become a matter of public interest; we seek the best possible investigators in order to put this under control.”

He said the best way to stop speculations is to provide information to the public, which the government would continue to do, adding there will be nothing hidden in this case. The Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc. was established in 2003 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. It is headed by a Nigerian, Dr. Matthias I. Okoye, a practicing physician and lawyer.

Its mission focus is to provide educational and research programs in the fields of forensic sciences and medicine. Professor Dr. John Oladapo Obafunwa, the Nigerian Pathologist earlier invited by the Minister of Justice Cllr. Benedict Sannoh to return to Monrovia to examine the remains of Mr. Greaves, is on the Advisory Board of the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc. –

By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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