A team of pathologists from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in the United States is expected to arrive in the country on Friday, February 5 to conduct the official examination on the cause of death of former LPRC Managing Director Harry Greaves, Jr.
A highly placed source at the Ministry of Justice yesterday informed the Daily Observer that the earlier agreement with the Nigerian pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa, as originally announced by Attorney General Benedict Sannoh, was shelved due to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s decision to bring in “experts from either the United Kingdom or United States.”
The Daily Observer also learned that the Americans’ preferment was due to the high profile nature of the case in which the victim, while living, was a vocal critic of President Sirleaf’s administration, and to ensure the utmost transparency.
The Americans will be coming from the UNMC’s Department of Microbiology and Pathology, our source said.
According to information on its website, the Department of Microbiology and Pathology provides diagnostic services to physicians, who in turn make medical decisions for their patients based on these pathological analyses, and also study and diagnose disease of individual patients’ organs and tissues, as in the current case.
“UNMC has a comprehensive group of pathologists who can give expert review of your case with the most innovative and accurate tests available. We provide regional, national and international consultation services,” a report said on its website.
It added, “We can provide a comprehensive review of a complex diagnostic dilemma. If you are a pathologist or physician seeking a review of a clinical laboratory problem or assistance with interpretation of a laboratory tests, we can provide the expertise needed to address the issue.”
President Sirleaf, upon her arrival on Tuesday from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she attended an Africa Union conference of heads of state, informed journalists that she wants international experts from either the United Kingdom or the United States to handle the investigation into the cause of death of Mr. Greaves, whose body was found behind the old Ministry of Planning building in Monrovia on Sunday.
Justice Minister Sannoh told the Daily Observer on Monday night that the experts from Nebraska would conduct other aspects of the investigation, especially the “circumstances that led to death of Mr. Greaves,” and that the autopsy performed by Nigerian pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, “would support the investigation.”
It turns out, however, that the President’s decision for the Nebraska team to handle the Harry Greaves autopsy as wellmight help to allay the yet to be established claim that Greaves may have suffered for being openly critical of the Sirleaf Administration.
President Sirleaf told journalists that her government has no enemies, but critics, who are also part of the country’s democratic process.
“Let me make this clear,” President Sirleaf said, “this government has no enemy. We have many critics, but critics are not enemies.”