Two soldiers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) are under probe for allegations that they were involved in the beating of a teenage boy in Bong County, according to a statement issued by UNMIL.
The incident is said to have taken place on December 4 in Bong County, according to a statement issued late Thursday by UNMIL and also published on its website.
“The alleged serious misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy,” said the statement by Waldemar Very, UNMIL’s officer-in-charge and Deputy SRSG for Political and Rule of Law, who also added that the accusations came to light on Tuesday.
The statement further said, “The mission takes such allegations extremely seriously and (has) dispatched a preliminary fact-finding team, led by the force Provost Marshall – the highest ranking member of the military police.
“The team is tasked with preserving evidence in the event a full investigation is warranted.”
The UNMIL statement described the boy’s condition as “moderately serious” but gave no details on the incident and said UNMIL had arranged “on humanitarian grounds” to have the boy moved to JFK Hospital in Monrovia.
“While the facts in this case are being established, our thoughts are with the boy, whose condition remains moderately serious, and his family,” he added.
He called for “all parties to remain calm and cooperate with those establishing the facts” in Bong.
A 15,000-man strong UNMIL force was set up in 2003 to help Liberia transition to peace after devastating back-to-back civil wars spanning 14 years.
It has been gradually handing its duties back to the government and will have just 1,240 troops and 600 police on the ground when Liberia assumes full responsibility for its own security in June 2016.