Acarous Gray Denies ‘Phone Theft’

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Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are said to be investigating Representative Acarous Moses Gray on allegation of “theft and physical assault”,  according to a communication obtained by Daily Observer.

The Montserrado County lawmaker is under investigation based on a formal complaint addressed to Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi by one Musa K. Sackor, station manager at Voice FM, Monrovia.

In a letter dated April 30, 2014, Sackor alleged that Rep. Gray ordered his bodyguards to physically assault him at a bar in Crystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point. In the process of the assault on him, Sackor claimed his iphone, valued US$600, and other personal belongings were stolen.

Said event took place on April 28, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., the letter indicated.

“It all started when Rep. Gray entered into a fight with some group of guys outside of the bar that morning. They claimed that he nearly hit them with his official vehicle marked ‘HOR 32’ while trying to back [out]. When we heard the noise, we all rushed on the scene to find out what was going on. It was at that point when Gray identified me as a media collaborator and supporter of Mr. Benoni Urey. He felt insecure and claimed I would have used his misconduct against him on the radio. In that vein, he ordered his bodyguards to assault me and they made away with everything I had to avoid me using recordings against him.

“I left the scene and immediately reported the case to the Central Police Station. Regrettably, officers on duty that early morning informed me that ‘the individual in question is a Representative and he couldn’t be questioned by them,’” the letter said.

In a quest to follow up the story, Sackor told our reporter over the weekend: “I didn’t stop there, I wrote a formal complaint to Director Massaquoi and copied Deputy Director for Operations Abraham Kromah. My complaint is still before the police and I’m yet to get a redress.”

According to him, the police announced that it had started investigation into the matter, but added: “I can’t get my phone, and my number with all my contacts remain off.”

When contacted, Rep. Gray debunked the information asserting that, “This is a scheme.”

“In your right mind, I will take somebody’s phone? What purpose will make me engage into that?” Gray asked.

When first contacted on Saturday afternoon, Gray declined to comment, adding; “I’m eating; I will call you back.”

However, Gray did not call as promised until late Saturday evening when our reporter managed to get thru after several attempts.

Sackor’s allegation against Rep. Gray, who is a senior official of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party, is reminiscent of the case involving another CDC’s stalwart. The CDC deputy chairman for operations, Mr. Mulbah Morlu was accused by former Transport Minister Willie Russell of allegedly stealing his (Russell’s) phone while they were having political discussions in Sky FM Building on Broad Street.

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