Rights Advocate Vandalark Patricks Spends Weekend In Monrovia Central Prison

12742150_1158322100858615_4170042343631060008_nDespite efforts by his legal team to secure a bond for his release from behind bars, this effort is said to be unsuccessful, as several insurance companies have refused to accept his legal team’s request.

His hope was dashed on Thursday as his lawyer could not secure a bond to release him as hundreds of supporters thronged the courtyard. Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, legal counsel for the detained rights activist was tight-lipped on the matter when contacted. According sources, Patricks could not be freed by bail on Thursday because many Insurance companies allegedly refused to grant a surety to secure a bail bond.

“Vandalark will not be free because all of the Insurance companies contacted so far have refused that they cannot make it,” said a source on the ground of the Temple of Justice. A legal source who spoke to FrontPageAfrica on Thursday said the activist needs a surety bond in the tune of US$15,000 under the new penal law to ensure his appearance in court when the case is assigned for hearing.

With this latest development, Patricks has a bleak hope of being freed. Adding insult to injury, the Supreme Court has ordered the suspension of all court activities until Monday February 29, 2016 to allow judges and lawyers attend the Liberia national Bar Association (LNBA) quarterly assembly in Brewerville, Montserrado County. Patricks, head of a local rights group, Transformation for Change was picked up by security personnel wearing mufti on Tuesday February 23, 2016 and taken to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

A day after his arrest, he was charged by the Police with sedition and criminal libel and was subsequently forwarded to the office of the Montserrado County Attorney Daku Mulbah and served a copy of the indictment. He was charged with sedition and criminal libel against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The indictment from the Grand Jury of Monsterrado County says that the rights activist has been charged based on his alleged recent press statement that President Ellen Johnson has been perpetrating violence against her political opponent to attain state power. This is the second time the rights activist has been arrested by the government.



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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.