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Liberia: Bility drags Dillon to court

Demands US$1million for slander and defamation

By Lincoln G. Peters 

Liberia: Sixth Judicial Circuit Civil Law court Judge J. Kennedy Peabody has ordered the Clerk of Court, Ellen Hall to issue a writ of summons for Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, for action of damages for libel and slander brought against the Senator by Liberty Party Chairman Musa Hassan Bility.

“You are hereby ordered and commanded to summon Montserrado County Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon; defendant to appear before the sixth judicial circuit civil law court in its March term 2022, to answer to complaint of Mr. Musa Hassan Bility in an action of damages for wrong for libel and slander by attachment. Upon his failure to appear, judgment by default will be rendered against him”, the writ of summons noted.

The writ that was issued Wednesday, January 26, 2021, further commands the clerk of court to notify the said defendant to file his formal appearance and or answer in the office of the judge before the 5th day of February 2022 and make official returns endorsed on the back of the writ of summon.

Plaintiff Musa Hassan Bility, in 10-count complaints against defendant Dillon, details that on December 9, 2021, Dillon defamed him via a FrontPageAfrica Newspaper’s caption that quoted him as saying “Musa is a criminal – I can prove it”.

The defendant furthered that “Liberty Party went to a conflict resolution hearing and Chairman Bility signed a document, confessing that he criminally altered the Constitution of the Liberty Party to shift authority that was not granted.

The complaints further that Senator Abraham Darius Dillon claimed he has documents in his possession to prove that Chairman Musa Bility did admit to altering the LP constitution, but Bility demises these claims as untrue and unfounded, saying they are intended solely to defame, tarnish and destroy his good reputation.

He prays that given the circumstances herein narrated, damages for wrong predicated on libel and slander shall lie against defendant Darius Dillon.

Bility further notes that Senator Dillon was also quoted by All and that the defamatory publication was made on December 8, 2021, citing defendant Dillon’s appearance on OK FM and YouTube.

“Plaintiff gives notice to the court that during these proceedings, he will cause the issuance of the writ of subpoena duces tecum and ad testificandum to be issued on the Management of FrontPageAfrica Newspaper and OK FM to produce the newspaper publication on December 8, 2021, in which the defendant defamed the plaintiff and the video recording of the OK FM broadcast in which the defendant appeared on the OK FM show, defaming the plaintiff’s reputation”, the complaints read.

The plaintiff also submitted that sometime last year between November and December, and January 2022, he became a target of blackmail, libel, slander and malicious stigmatization on social media, purely found on the pillar of political agenda and  “ill will” and lies against his good name and reputation when defendant Dillon accused him of being a ” criminal and fraudster.”

According to him, the purpose of such devilish and libelous action was sorely to defame and tarnish his reputation, thereby negatively tainting, staining and fouling his political and business standing, and career both within and outside the Republic of Liberia.

He says that defendant Darius Dillon is determined to continue his scheme of slander and libelous publication against him (Bility) therefore, he demands damages in the amount of not less than US$1,000,000.00 in general damages.

“Wherefore and in view of the foregoing, plaintiff prays your Honor and this court to grant the plaintiff complaints and prayer for damages against the defendants in the amount not less than US$ 1, 000,000.00 in general damages to be by the trial jury and an order to have defendants paid to plaintiff all legal and other necessary fees associated with these proceedings. Lastly, plaintiff prays your honor to grant all other reliefs that this honorable court will deem just, fair, legal, and equitable”, Chairman Bility concludes in his complaint. Editing by Jonathan Browne


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