Liberian govt jail activist on sedition charges

Monrovia — Political activist Vandalark Patricks has been formally charged by the government with sedition and criminal libel against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Witnesses say Patricks was picked up at a local Haiti center downtown Monrovia at 4pm on Tuesday by officers wearing mufti and whisked off to the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

One day after his arrest and subsequently being charged by the Government of Liberia, Patricks was taken to the Temple of Justice late Wednesday afternoon at about 4:00 pm to the offices of the Montserrado County Attorney, Cllr. Daku Mulbah. There, he was handed a copy of the indictment.

Following his appearance at the office of the Montserrado County Attorney, he was later escorted to the Monrovia Central Prison under a heavy security escort. His legal counsel, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, was seen on Wednesday at the Temple of Justice ensuring that his client is brought to the court. “The Police have told me that they will be bringing my client to the court within 20 minutes time but he has been charged with sedition and criminal libel against the President,” said Cllr. Gongloe.

Cllr. Gongloe indicated that the charges against his client were bailable and was only willing to secure the bail when he is brought to court and the charges are reviewed but Gongloe was unable to secure a bail for his client due to his late arrival by the Police, a source indicated. Court record in the possession of FrontPageAfrica states that the political activist was charged based on a press statement where he allegedly accused the President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of being behind the lethal political violence against her political opponents in order to attain state power. allafrica.com/Kennedy L. Yangian

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