(LINA) – Vandalark Patricks, the political activist jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison on charges of sedition and criminal libel against President, was Tuesday released from detention after filing a bond of US$3,000.
His release was ordered by the Presiding Judge of Criminal “A” at the Temple of Justice, Boima Kontoe, after securing the surety bond from the Continental General and Life Insurance Company of Liberia.
The defendant was released to his lawyer, Cllr. Taiwan Gongole, who filed the bond on his behalf, but the court made it clear that Patricks will still face trial for the charges against him.
It can be recalled Patricks was arrested and indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County last week.
The 11-count indictment said on February 21 defendant Patricks held a press conference at which he accused the regime of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of being a strong proponent for lethal political violence against her political opponents to maintain state power.
He further stated that the late Harry Greaves, former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, was murdered by hired assassins because he
threatened to expose the bad dealings of the President.
The indictment indicated that defendant Patricks further accused the administration of President Sirleaf of being involved in several political murders, including many former government officials.
Meanwhile, defendant Patricks will face full trial at the Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia at a date to be set, sources told the Liberia News Agency.