The Liberian Government has swiftly secured a two-count indictment against self-proclaimed activist VandalaPatricks, with multiple charges of sedition and criminal libel against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The indictee has also been accused of inciting Liberians against the Government.
His indictment on Wednesday, 24 February came just less than 48 hours after he was arrested Tuesday, 23 February in connection with claims that the Government is allegedly involved in murdering political opponents.
Prosecutors say Mr. Patricks held a press conference on Sunday, 21 February and claimed that the former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company or LPRC, Mr. Harry Greaves, was murdered by hired assassins for allegedly threatening to expose “bad dealings of the President.”
“That the defendant further accused the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of being involved in several political deaths including that of FayahSaahGbollie, standard bearer of the Free Democratic Party; Michael Allison, an anti-corruption whistleblower; Harry Greaves, former Managing Director of LPRC …,” the indictment reads.
Mr. Patricks is also indicted for claiming that Government was responsible for the death of Miss Victoria Zayzay, who was found dead in a police cell; a taxi driver, 16-year-old Shaki Kamara, motorcyclists Nelson Cooper and AfredTarnue, among others.
But Government, according to the indictment, denies any involvement in the death of the individuals mentioned. The authorities here say in Mr. Patricks’ quest to incite and make the people of Grand Gedeh County to rise up against the Sirleaf led-government, he pronounced that 13 Grand Gedeans were imprisoned by the regime, while also alleging the President’s failure to fund the 2016 July 26 Independence Day celebration in the county, which should have been co-hosted by two other counties, River Gee and Maryland in Southeast Liberia.
The indictment says Patricks termed this alleged action by President Sirleaf as a political revenge against the tribesmen of late President SamuleKanyon Doe, “contrary to the fact that the persons sentenced to imprisonment” were tried by court for mercenarism.
The indictment says to further incite the people of Liberia to rise up against the Government,the indicteeaccused the regime of being mute on ritualistic killings, including crimes committed againstwomen and children by rapists.
Mr. Patricks was taken at the Monrovia Central Prison late Wednesday, after his indictment where he might have slept, pending appearance in court.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne