According to Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh the temporary autopsy result was obtained by the Government from Dr. Matthias I. Okoye, a physician and lawyer hired by the Government from the Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences to conduct autopsy on the body of Harry Greaves.
Cllr. Sannoh said the provisional result indicates that Mr. Harry Greaves got drowned in the water. Addressing a major press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, the Liberia Justice Minister noted that the Government of Liberia attaches seriousness to the report and said the Government of Liberia will carry out another investigation on the remains of Mr. Harry Greaves.
He quoted the results as saying “the body was seen with lacerations, body fluids, from the hands and other parts, but there were no indication that the late Greaves was sodomized as was widely speculated by the public.”
Cllr. Sannoh also informed the Liberian people that the Government is in contact with the U.S Embassy near Monrovia to assist in providing more pathologists to conduct another investigation on the remains of Mr. Greaves, but he did not say when the second autopsy will be conducted.
The Liberia Justice Minister also noted that because of the decomposed condition of the body which could be the result of the lacerations on parts of body, it was difficult to establish whether it was the mark from sea animals.
He added that the Liberian Government has nothing to hide and that the Government is under obligation to respect and protect all its citizens irrespective of status, tribal affiliations or races, but stressed the need for cohesive approach in fostering national security.
Cllr. Sannoh said, contrary to law, the forensic investigation, conducted at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, was witnessed by family members and relatives. He said autopsies are not supposed to be performed in the presence of non disinterested parties.
Cllr. Sannoh said as part of the investigation a fluid has been removed from the decomposed body to be taken further for examination to further establish the causes of death.
He dispelled rumors that the late Harry Greaves was beaten and a stick stuck in his rectum by assassins. He attributed the fluids discovered in his anus to prolonged stay in the water.
The Justice Minister told the Liberian people that the Government of Liberia is satisfied with the report and if anyone has doubt about the report they are at liberty to challenge it, “but the government remains firm to ensure that further investigations are conducted into the mysterious death of Mr. Greaves.”
Meanwhile the Ministry of Information is calling on the Liberian people to stop the constant wave of spreading rumors about the death of Mr. Greaves.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the Liberian Government has nothing to hide, and anyone interested to know about the report and even challenge it, are at liberty to do so to avoid skepticism about the death of Mr. Greaves.