Liberian Government Drops Charges Against Patricks

Vandalard Patricks (Left) With His Lawyer
Vandalard Patricks (Left) With His Lawyer

The Government of Liberia has dropped all charges levied against political activist Vandalark Patricks who was arrested and charged with sedition and criminal libel against the President.

Montserrado County Attorney Cllr Daku Mulbah said in a letter addressed to Presiding Judge Boima Kontoe of Criminal Court “A” that defendant Patricks was indicted by the Government because it believes that it was right to press legal action against the defendant to deter others from the abuse of freedom of speech as enshrined in the organic laws of the land.

Defendant Patricks was on February 23 arrested by the government for making a statement in which he accused the government of hiring assassins to murder the former LPRC Managing Director Harry Greaves and eliminate other political opponents to maintain state power.

The report also said he was allegedly arrested for reading a communication on behalf of political parties and civil society organizations on Sunday, February 2 calling for a mass citizens’ action on March 11.

Cllr. Mulbah further stated in the letter that the government has, however, elected to exercise its rights as provided in the Criminal Procedure Law to drop all charges against the defendant without reservation.

He indicated that the action was taken by the State in good faith and is in no way intended to compromise the rule of law in Liberia.

Meanwhile, Judge Kontoe has ordered that the criminal appearance bond posted by the defendant be returned to him and his right restored as a free citizen.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.