The Liberian Government through the Ministry of Justice is demanding a Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (DNA) test from the family of the late Atty. Michael Allison in order to claim his remains and obtain permission to carry out any funeral arrangements.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing yesterday in Monrovia, Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, said both of the autopsy reports proved there was no foul play in the death of Atty. Allison.
Cllr. Sannoh explained that the family must complete a DNA test to establish beyond all reasonable doubt their relationship with the deceased before claiming the body for subsequent burial arrangements.
The DNA is a self-replicating material present in nearly all-living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes, and it is the carrier of genetic information of related families.
“In the comprehensive reports of the autopsies, both the American and the Sierra Leonean pathologists showed that Atty. Michael Allison died of drowning.
The government is pleased with the reports due to the level of competencies and experience of these pathologists, both locally and internationally,” Minister Sannoh said.
He further explained that Allison’s death did not happen because of outside interference and that no foul play was discovered during the two autopsy procedures.
According to the Justice Minister, Atty. Michael Allison was in possession of several passports, including that of the United States with different identifications, contrary to the Michael Allison name he was identified with.
“Based on this, the Liberian government has informed the United States Government of the passing of one of their citizens in Liberia.”
Cllr. Sannoh said that another family member in the United States has also shown up.”
He explained that “The Liberia National Police last month invited a pathologist from neighboring Sierra Leone to conduct an autopsy on the deceased. When the autopsy was completed, and to ensure that the findings were valid and also due to the public’s huge concern, another autopsy was carried out, this time by an American.”
Cllr. Sannoh explained that the two pathologists completed their respective autopsy reports and concluded that in their professional and expert opinions, the cause of death was natural.
Attorney General Sannoh explained that the two doctors examined the contents of his stomach, which also revealed Atty. Allison’s death was by salt water drowning.
He said physical skin effect, involving his eyelid, knee, neck, ears and others were not the result of a blunt force injury but instead were due to animals that attacked the body following his death.”