President of Liberia asks US for help in investigating mysterious deaths

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President of Liberia asks US for help in investigating mysterious deaths

Liberian President George Weah has called on the United States to participate in the inquiries into the mysterious deaths of three senior officials in finance-related positions, the Liberian News Agency linked to the state (LINA).

The deaths sparked rumors of an assassination campaign, AFP news agency reported.

LINA quoted Mr. Weah as urging people not to speculate and wait for the outcome of investigations.

Mr Weah had tasked Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean to coordinate his efforts with government partners, including the United States, LINA reported.

He appointed one of the deceased officials to head the Internal Audit Agency, Emmanuel Nyeswua.

The other two worked for the Liberia Revenue Authority, but LINA did not name them.

The AFP news agency reported that four - not three - officials had died in just over a week.

They were:

  • Mr Nyeswa, found dead in his apartment in the capital, Monrovia, on Saturday
  • Liberia Revenue Authority official died in car crash in Monrovia on October 4
  • Two other officials from the tax collection agency who were found dead in a car in the city the next day

According to AFP, Mr. Weah allegedly said that the United States Embassy in Monrovia had been asked to help, including finding a pathologist for examiner corpses to determine what caused the deaths.

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