Hot Pepper Publisher Trouble Deepens, Risk Re-arrest, As Rep Moye’s Lawyers Question Bond, But Publisher Says “The Struggle Continues”

Mr. Philipbert Brown, Hot Pepper Newspapr
Mr. Philipbert Brown, Hot Pepper Newspaper

The nightmare of the Publisher of the Hot Pepper newspaper, Philipbert Browne seems not to be over as there are indication that he may likely face another arrest to be placed behind bars following the objection of his US$1 Million bond due filed to rescue his release Monday, October 10, 2016.

Representative Prince Moye yesterday filed a motion at the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice calling on that court to set aside the US$1 Million the Hot Pepper’s legal team paid to secure his release.

As a result of this latest development, the Publisher of the Hot Pepper could face another arrest and incarceration if it is proven that his attachment bond offered to secure his release is defective and insufficient in keeping with law.

Representative Moye in his motion said the attachment bond offered by Mr. Browne for his release from the Monrovia Central Prison was defective and insufficient in keeping with law, and therefore it should be stricken.

The Bong County Representative also noted that the bond filed by Mr. Browne legal team  has no bank balance to the attachment indicating that the surety (African Casualty Insurance Company) has cash equal  to or more than the amount of the attachment bond in the bank.

“The failure of the defendant to attach a current bank statement of its bond gave rise to set aside the bond and vacate the attachment,”

“Movant says that because the bank balance cannot indemnify, the bondman was ubder obkligation to file a statement of assets within Liberia sufficient enough to indemnify the defendant”, the lawmaker noted.

It can be recalled that last week the Civil Law Court ordered the arrest of the publishers of Hot Pepper and the People’s newspapers for charges of libel and slander against the Bong County Representative.

Following his release on bond Monday, the Hot Pepper newspaper Publisher challenged his arrest and detention order and vowed to expose those link, noting in one of the local week, that the individual behind his detention has not achieve anything for sending him to prison, “The Struggle Continues.”.

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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.