Police have charged and forwarded five crew members of the Niko Ivanka vessel at the Monrovia City Court.
The crew members are Zhong Qxiang, Captain, George McCay, Pier Superintendent, Wesley Monroe, NPA Security Department, Alex Tue, Vessel Owner, and Azaan Dahi, Mechanical Engineering.
The Crew Members according to our Judicial Correspondent were charged for multiple offenses ranging from negligent homicide, recklessly endangering people, criminal facilitation, and criminal conspiracy.
The police charge sheet claimed that the Chinese National and owner of the Niko Ivanka vessel endangered the lives of the passengers on board by overloading it.
While George McCay, Pier Superintendent of NPA failed to advise the vessel owner not to sail, and allowed passengers onboard knowing the guideline of the vessel and the detention order of the vessel from the Liberia Maritime Authority.
Our Judicial Correspondent further revealed that the five crew members’ legal team secured a valid criminal appearance bond, thereby preventing their incarceration at the Monrovia Central Prison pending court trial.
The police criminal charges come a day after the government through the Ministry of Justice dismissed its criminal action against the crew members of the NIKO IVANKA Vessel for the charges to allow the police investigation.
In August of this year, the vessel in question developed problems at sea and sunk in Marshall, causing the death of eight Liberians most of whom were employees of the West African Examination Council.