December 9, 2023

Liberia Medical & Dental Testifies to Conflicting Death Certificate of late Charloe Musu


Capitol Hill, Monrovia – The Chairperson of Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Dr. Benetta Andrews, has testified in open court to a conflicting death certificate of the late Charloe Musu in the ongoing murder trial involving former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott. Dr. Andrews’s testimony followed a request made by Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Roosevelt Willie, citing officials of the Medical Council, to appear in open court on Thursday, October 26, 2023, to clarify how a death certificate is given at the hospital.

According to Dr. Andrews, the practice surrounding the signing of death certificates varies from one jurisdiction to another, noting that under Liberia’s jurisdiction, it is only a medical doctor who can issue a death certificate.

The Chairperson of Medical & Dental informed the open court in her testimony that the current death certificate that is being used by Liberia has serious implications, stressing that the current death certificate has a systematic error. She further said that signing a death certificate is not an emergency in any part of the world, noting that the death certificate cannot determine the final cause of death.

She claimed that the death certificate can be used by the family to determine the reason of death as well as provide data to guide medical research strategies. For the court to make an informed decision, they called on the authority that is responsible for regulating medical practices in Liberia to testify to the conflicting death certificate of the late Charloe Musu.

It was established by Dr. Benetta Andrews that the death certificate issued to the family of Charlie Musu is medically legitimate.

Reported by: G. Watson Richards

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