By Our Staff Writer
MONROVIA: Gloria Musu Scott, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has categorically refuted claims that she refused to cooperate with the investigation of the Liberia National Police (LNP) following a series of reported attacks on her home in Brewerville that led to the gruesome murder of her daughter, Charloe Musu by unknown individuals.
Minutes after she met with investigators of the LNP on Friday, March 3, 2023, bordering on the alleged attacks of her home, the former Chief Justice told reporters that since the incident, she has been in conversation with the Police including the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musah Dean, who is also Chairman of Joint Security Forces.
“Many persons know that the night of this situation after this girl was declared dead at the Redemption Hospital, I went straight to the home of the Minister of Justice. It was at the time he assigned two police officers to take me home,” Justice Scott said.
“The following day, another group of police officers came to me and talked to me on Friday after a week of the incident, the Minister of Justice and some of the investigators came to me and interacted with me,” Justice Scott told reporters on Friday, March 3, 2023.
The Justice Scott added that given the gravity of the case, she informed the police that she needed lawyers because she was not in a right state of mind amid their quest to interview members of her house.
The former Chief Justice stressed that it was important to have professionals around. She said, “We learn in law school, it is only a fool who takes himself for a Counsel.”
The LNP, in its most recent update, on the alleged attack, threatened legal action against the former chief justice and members of her family if they failed to avail themselves for questioning regarding the alleged armed robbery incident at her home.
But, Justice Scott, a former Minister of Justice, former Senator of Maryland County and former Head of the erstwhile Constitutional Review Committee said, there are ways to speak when providing update to the population about a case that is under investigation.
“There are ways they speak to secure the investigation, the integrity of the investigation, but to create the whole narrative that has been out there that Cllr. Scott has refused, this is why I am speaking to you because this is from my training; because this is so critical. From my training, this investigation should be handled professionally,” she indicated.
The former Chief Justice who is also Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, responding to a reporter’s question, seeking clarity if she physically noticed Varlee Telleh during the night of the incident amid allegation from Cllr. Jerome Verdier, that he (Varlee Telleh) killed Charloe Musu on the order of Mayor Jefferson Koijee, said: “That information, the source of that information will speak to it. But, I know for a fact that there was somebody in our sleeping quarters who should not have been there, and this person is the one that killed Charloe Musu. I know that for a fact, she did not die by herself.”
Justice Scott said when she encountered the person, she engaged his eyes first and put the pepper spray in his eyes because, as it was a “question of life and death.”
Prior to Justice Scott’s Friday’s appearance to the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police, Police Spokesman, Moses Carter, in a statement said, the LNP urges the former Chief Justice and all occupants of her home, to avail themselves to the police headquarters not later than 10:00 AM tomorrow, Friday, March 3, 2023.
“Failure on their part to honor this invitation, the LNP will be left with no option but to take appropriate legal actions through the court of law.”
The Liberia National Police’s invitation, which was extended to the former Chief Justice Scott, Gertrude Newton, Rebecca Youdeh Wisner and Alice Johnson was also meant to have them questioned in connection to the alleged armed robbery incident which reportedly occurred in the home of Justice Scott.
But, the news relative to the murder of Charloe Musu, have triggered widespread and vehement public condemnations in the country.
Among institutions and groups that have expressed disdain (scorn) and repugnance (dislike) over the alleged attacks during which other family members of the ex-Chief Justice sustained injuries on their body parts include the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), former Vice President, and Standard Bearer of the former ruling Unity Party, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, People’s Action Network, a civil Society outfit, among others.
In a strong-worded statement issued in Monrovia, the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), has condemned what it calls the “outrageous attacks and pure act of savagery,” carried out at the residence of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu-Scott, which resulted into the death of her daughter, a graduating Senior of the Starz University College in Sinkor and the injuries of other family members.