LIBERIA: Vandalark Patricks’ Legal Team Posts US$3,000 Bond, Freed From Jail

patte(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.

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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.