March 3, 1987 |
A 32-year-old Liberian went on trial in the remote town of Saniquellie Monday, charged with the murder of an American Baptist missionary and her 10-year-old daughter, judicial sources said. Elizabeth Senter, 46, and her daughter, Rachel, were stabbed to death last November in their villa in Yekepa, near Saniquellie, 280 miles northeast of Monrovia. The accused, Benjamin Morris, a graduate of the Monrovia Baptist Theological Seminary, was detained a few days later.
August 19, 1989 |
A military court Friday sentenced Liberia's former defense minister to death for ordering the ritual murder of a policeman so his blood could be used in an attempted coup against President Samuel K. Doe. Doe must approve the sentence against Maj. Gen. Gray Allison, which would be carried out by firing squad. Maj. Gen. Kpenkrah Konah, chairman of the court-martial board, told Allison: "The court in closed session and upon secret ballot, has found you guilty of the charge of murder."
May 24, 1990 |
President Samuel K. Doe's government acknowledged Wednesday that rebels have captured Liberia's main port but said it will send forces to retake the city. Acting Information Minister Moses Washington told a news conference that soldiers will make "gradual moves to recapture" the Atlantic port of Buchanan to minimize casualties. Rebels of the National Patriotic Front led by Charles Taylor, a former Doe aide, invaded Liberia from its northeastern border with Ivory Coast on Dec. 24.
July 5, 1990 |
Beleaguered Liberian leader Samuel K. Doe met the U.S. ambassador in Monrovia on Wednesday, but Washington said he turned down an offer of help in escaping the rebels who have cut off his capital. Government soldiers and witnesses in Monrovia, meanwhile, said rebels loyal to former Doe associate Charles Taylor were advancing in the capital's eastern suburbs, which echoed with the sounds of artillery and gunfire. Firing could also be heard on the western outskirts of the city.
December 6, 1992 |
A U.S. military plane flew into Monrovia, Liberia's besieged capital, and collected three bodies believed to be those of American nuns who were killed Oct. 23 after guerrilla fighters loyal to rebel leader Charles Taylor overran the area outside their convent in suburban Gardnersville. The flight was headed for the United States, but its exact destination was not known. Continued fighting in the Barnersville area, where two other nuns from the convent were reported killed Oct.
July 6, 1990 |
Troops looted shops Thursday as rebels tightened their stranglehold on the Liberian capital and President Samuel K. Doe clung desperately to power. Soldiers shot their way into shops, warehouses and restaurants and emptied the shelves in the early hours after the armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Charles Julu, fled the country--the latest of Doe's advisers to desert him.