Following days of intense pressure, the Liberia National Police (LNP) Tuesday, March 18, turned over to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution, 21 motorcyclists accused of stoning a vehicle believed to be used by Col. Abraham S. Kromah, Deputy Police Director for Operations.
The charged that brought the defendants under the jurisdiction of the Court includes; criminal mischief, rioting, disorderly conducts and criminal attempt to commit murder.
They were said to have committed the acts on March 13, around the Samuel Kanyon Doe Boulevard, in the 72nd Community, Paynesville, outside of Monrovia.
Appearing frustrated earlier, at Tuesday’s hearing, the defendants took a turn for the worse after they were sent to the Monrovia Central Prison; apparently, their lawyers had not secured bail bonds that would have prevented them from going to jail.
The crimes are bailable offenses under the law.
Up until then, family members and friends had been stopping by at the headquarters of the LNP, in an attempt to inquire about the defendants’ whereabouts and their safety.
Details of the complaint said Col. Kromah was attacked by the defendants, who later threw stones and other deadly objects at the vehicle he was supposed to have been riding.
Col. Kromah alleged that the incident took place while he and his men were leaving Neezoe Community and were headed for Red Light, a commercial district in Paynesville.
Kromah explained that when his vehicle approached the 72nd intersection en route to Red Light, defendants Thomas Biamah, riding with another person on his motorbike, was on a terrific speed, using the opposite lane.
When Biamah spotted the offiers, Kromah said, the defendent decided to make a U-turn toward Kessely Boulevard.
In the process, Biamah lost control of his bike and he and his passenger fell to the ground.
Defendant Biamah then allegedly decided to escape from the scene, leaving his bike and his helpless passenger lying on the ground in pain.
It was then, Kromah claimed, that he instructed two of his bodyguards, Ernest Lavela and Lahai Jabateh, to get out of his vehicle and remove the bike, with the intention of allowing the free flow of traffic to resume.
In the process, Kromah alleged, a group of motorcyclists protested that Biamah’s bike not be taken away by the officers.
Despite the peaceful efforts of his men, the police deputy explained, the cyclists began throwing stones and other deadly weapons that damaged both sides and the front windshield of his vehicle.
Three of his officers, including Lavela, Jabateh and Ansu Kromah, sustained severe injuries to their bodies from the stone missiles thrown at them, Kromah stated.
The Deputy furthered that one of the defendants, believed to be the ringleader of the motorcyclists, identified only as Ranger, threatened his (Kromah’s) life.