The family of the late Princess Cooper has finally dropped their quest for justice and now demanding the body of the deceased for interment.
Her lifeless body was found in the Fawaz Building Material Store Compound at the ELWA junction on March 24, 2022.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, May 25, 2022, the family stated lack of willingness and acceptance to have brought in all residents within the Fawaz Compound alongside some nearby residents of the crime scene surroundings as well as eye witnesses whom they believe could have been strategically questioned thereby using that which would have been gathered from them to be compared with the confirmed visible assessments gathered from the crime scene; that is if there was any proper assessment done at all.
The family of the late Princess Cooper expressed concern about not being able to get tangible reasons why the crime scene was totally exposed and furthermore never protected for a certain period due to the critical occurrence of the mysterious death of their relative.
Since then, the family lamented that there has been frantic efforts in the quest of achieving justice ranging from aiding investigators, staging peaceful march for justice and the contacting of independent forensic pathologists out of Liberia.
According to the family, since said incidence, there have been several dissatisfactions, unnecessary missteps, unjustified denial by the Government of Liberia through the police and the Justice Ministry within the investigation proceedings.
The aggrieved family mentioned that there were also few individuals captured as persons of interest but only certain personalities were exposed to the general public both via mentioning their names and publishing an in-house investigation video with one of the listed persons of interest and leaving out an unidentified as a Lebanese personality whom the public is yet to be informed as to why was he captured and what was gathered during the then investigation with him.
They decried that the first abrupt preliminary report published by the Liberia National Police (LNP) confirmed that there was no foul play but yet without any medical examination they believed had already undermined the fair play of the entire investigation process.
The family went on to say that their formal complaints directly reported through the Justice Ministry unto the Government of Liberia to confirm their disapproval for an autopsy to have been conducted by Dr. Benedict Kolee and his team due to qualification concerns were never adhered to.
They accused the Liberia National Police (LNP) of failing to provide a full scale or comprehensive report from what was gathered from their executed investigation even before or after the autopsy so that one would see if it had any form of collaboration with the agreed Government of Liberia Autopsy Report.
They claimed that the family was and has never been respected regarding communications during the entire process either directly or through their lawyers.
The family added that all the hurdles and resistances visibly notified in getting the family’s designated pathologists to land within the country even after the very same Government of Liberia through President George Weah’s offer seem to be a tangible contradiction and signal huge fraud as well as uncovered motives.
They also said their many efforts made towards this process ranging from formal communications sent to the Ministry of Justice followed by boycotting the autopsy upon their confirmed notification that all of communications and actions were never recognized by the Justice Ministry and the GOL at large. They also pointed to staging peaceful protests for justice during which times they claimed to have been mal-handled, ruthlessly beaten, and incarcerated without charges, successfully contacting pathologists out of the country.
“We’ve come to the realization that indeed there are difficulties, constraints and unfairness in trending the path to justice within our nation whereas we can now confirm this road to obtaining justice be a rocky path.”
Therefore, the family has seen this as a fruitless journey and requested via a formal communication written to the Government of Liberia through the Justice Ministry to take delivery of the body of the deceased for the purpose of giving her a befitting burial.