Jonathan Williams Confesses to Killing Journalist Browne, But More Questions Abound


first_imgSuspect Jonathan Williams responding to investigative questions from LNP investigators in Monrovia over the weekendJonathan Williams, the prime suspect in the death of Super FM TV cameraman Tyron Browne, has told police investigators that he killed the journalist in ‘self-defense’ after the journalist reportedly refused to leave his residence when asked to do so on the evening of Sunday, April 15.Williams told police at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) over the weekend that Tyron Browne (now deceased) posed a threat to him and his nieces when he allegedly refused to identify himself, while in the vicinity.Although he did not clearly explain what threat Browne actually posed to him and his nieces, he told LNP investigators that he and the late Browne engaged in a physical fight but in the end, he stabbed him with a knife.He admitted that after killing Browne, he conveyed his remains in his vehicle and deposited it at a site where people could see and identify him, which was at the Kingdom Care School on Du-port Road.He said he phoned his lawyer, Cllr. Cyril Jones shortly after he committed the murder. However, he did not disclose the detail of his conversation with Cllr. Jones.“I am entitled to a lawyer,” he told the LNP investigators.What is conflicting in Williams’ admission is that he earlier said upon his arrest on Friday, April 20, that the victim collapsed at the front of his gate and that he (Williams) went back indoors. But when he was asked further by LNP Chief of Traffic Meekie Gray to clarify where he took the body, he said, “I took the body somewhere so that it could be seen.”Later, police spokesperson Moses Carter explained that suspect Williams did not point finger at the government or anyone else of being his accomplice or chief architect in the murder of Browne.“There were too many assumptions and finger-pointing at the government of being responsible for the death of journalist Browne, but we are glad that the prime suspect is in our custody and undergoing investigation,” Carter said.“Our investigators have made a breakthrough by arresting the prime suspect,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.Journalist Tyron Brown, whose body was found at 3a.m yesterdayHe said even though investigation is still ongoing to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the journalist, suspect Williams said that on the evening hours of Sunday, April 15, at about 9p.m., one of his relatives, Alice Utee, who stays with him in his house at Du-port Road, informed him of a strange individual that had knocked at his door.He claimed that when the individual was asked to reveal his identity, he refused to do so, thereby instilling fear in the occupants, and they thought he was an armed robber.According to Alice Utee, when they asked who was outside the door, the victim was alleged to have said, “Look at the door, you will see who it is.”This alleged response from journalist Browne, Utee said, instilled fear in her. So she went to the living room where her sister, Edwina Utee was watching a Filipino movie and informed her.Carter quoted investigators as saying that the two went to find out who the individual was, but according to them, Browne did not disclose his identity again.After those brief scenes, Carter said the two young ladies called on their uncle Williams, who came out with a knife and asked Tyron as to who he had come to see. But Browne was reported to have said that he did not go there to see anyone.He noted that Williams allegedly asked Tyron, “Can you leave because you are trespassing on my compound, but Browne reportedly replied, “If I don’t leave what will you do?”“Williams said he chose to push journalist Browne out of his premises, but Browne strongly resisted. He told our investigators that he and Browne got into a scuffle and in the process, Browne knocked his head against the wall. It was then that he stabbed Browne,” Carter said.He said Williams told investigators that he did not know where journalist Browne went after he stabbed him. But when he and his nieces (Alice and Edwina) made a follow-up, two feet from their house they found the journalist lying down.According to Williams, it was then that Edwina confirmed that Browne was her casual friend that she had known for some years.“She told our investigators that Browne motivated her over the years and the last time they saw each other was in November last year,” he said, adding that she told police that she knew Browne from around the Du-port Road market.Carter said Williams told investigators that after realizing that Brown was dead, he called on a male friend, who had returned from his security guard service work, to help him put the body of Browne in an Infiniti Pathfinder Jeep. Later, they dropped the body at the Kingdom Care in Du-port Road where the deceased could be identified.The management of Super Communications Network, owner and operator of Super FM/TV has meanwhile commended the LNP for the arrest of suspect Jonathan Williams.In a press release signed by general manager Emmanuel Y. Kortu, and approved by Chief Executive Officer George B. Kailondo on behalf of the Sky FM/TV family, “We specifically want to recognize the crime investigation department and the forensic service unit of the Liberia National Police who were the lead detectives on this investigation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S., others put pressure on Syria


first_imgUNITED NATIONS – The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday demanded that Syria detain government officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister and ensure their cooperation with a U.N. probe or face possible sanctions. The call was contained in a strongly worded draft resolution that orders Syria to make the suspected officials or individuals “fully and unconditionally available” to investigators who have accused Syria of obstructing their work. That language was a clear attempt to pressure Syria into giving the probe access to top security officials – possibly including the brother-in-law of President Bashar Assad – who may have been involved in the Feb. 14 assassination of Rafik Hariri. In a report released last week, chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the assassination and said Syria was not cooperating fully with his probe. Syria hotly denies those claims. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The central challenge now for the resolution will be getting the support of Russia and China, which have been hesitant to use the threat of sanctions to back up a call for more Syrian cooperation. President George W. Bush insisted Tuesday that the United Nations hold Syrian leaders “accountable for their continuing support of terrorism.” Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation Tuesday with Assad, welcomed Syria’s stated willingness to cooperate with the investigation and emphasized that the council must proceed carefully. The two discussed the “urgent need for cautious action by the international community in order to prevent the emergence of new sources of tension in the region,” the Kremlin said in a statement. The new draft spells out a list of stern measures against Syria. It would slap an immediate travel ban and asset freeze on suspects identified by the commission. It states that Syria must allow interviews to take place outside the country and without Syrian official presence – a key concern of the Mehlis. “I think we’ve learned something about trying to interview witnesses in an authoritarian society,” U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said in a reference to U.S. efforts to interview Iraqi scientists during its hunt for weapons of mass destruction. If Syria does not fully cooperate with the investigation, the draft says the council intends to consider “further measures,” including sanctions, “to ensure compliance by Syria.” In an appearance before the council earlier Tuesday, Mehlis urged Syria to help “fill in the gaps” about who orchestrated the car bombing that killed Hariri and 20 other people in Beirut. “I cannot send 500 investigators, which I do not have, to Syria to look for documents because I do not know where I would find them,” he told reporters after emerging from the council meeting. “It would be a good idea if the Syrian authorities made an extra effort by themselves.” France’s Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere said: “We should not tolerate anything short of full cooperation.” The Security Council could hold a meeting Monday, attended by the 15 members’ foreign ministers, to adopt the resolution, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. Diplomats say the presence of the foreign ministers would give the resolution added weight and increase pressure on Syria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja elated after India thrash Sri Lanka in Colombo Test


first_imgRavindra Jadeja picked up his ninth five-wicket haul to help India thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test and secure the three-match series 2-0 at Colombo.Batting first, India declared their first innings on 622 for nine and dismissed Sri Lanka for 183 and enforced the follow-on, commanding a 439-run lead. Sri Lanka performed better in the second innings but couldn’t prevent an innings defeat when they were bowled out for 386.WATCH FULL VIDEOJadeja, who was named Man of the Match, finished with 5/152 and collected seven wickets in the match.”In the first innings, the ball wasn’t turning when we were batting. But then it started turning from the middle part of the wicket,” Jadeja said at the post match presentation ceremony.Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and Kusal Mendis (110) scored centuries for Sri Lanka in their second innings.Jadeja was all praise for Mendis but credited teammates for playing “good cricket”.”(Kusal) Mendis played very well, played some brilliant shots. As a team, I think we also played good cricket. If the batsman is playing sweep regularly, it’s always a challenge. We have to change the line and lengths,” he said.Jadeja on Saturday became the second fastest Indian to reach 150 Test wickets, behind teammate Ravichandran Ashwin, when he bowled Dhananjay de Silva in Sri Lanka’s first innings.Ashwin had reached the milestone in 29 Tests while Jadeja managed it in 32 games.Former spin greats Erapalli Prasanna and Anil Kumble had taken 150 wickets in 34 Tests while Harbhajan Singh reached there in 35 Tests.advertisementHe also became the fastest Indian left-arm spinner to reach 150 wickets, ahead of Vinoo Mankad (40 Tests), Bishan Bedi (41 Tests) and Ravi Shastri (78 Tests).last_img read more