The latest person to add to the list is Civil Societ Activist Vandalark Patricks who has been called in by the Liberia National Police for questioning in relations to a statement he allegedly made on Sunday, February 21, 2016 that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf allegedly gave direct orders to shoot at the then Standard Bearer of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change, Winston Tubman, Vice Standard Bearer, George Weah and murdered innocent and defenseless citizens on November 7, 2011; and that the Government of Liberia hired assassins to murder Mr. Harris Greaves and eliminate other political opponents to maintain state power.
According to an LNP press release issued late yesterday, Mr. Patricks was called in to assist security authorities establish facts surrounding his statements which has the potential to undermine the peace of state. The Liberia National Police maintains that the statement by Mr. Patrick is grave and requires the establishment of its truthfulness for the common good of the Liberian society.
The LNP also notes that speech that incites violence and maliciously defames the government does not fall under the category of protected free speech, and as such emphasizes that this action ought not to reflect on the enviable record of the Liberian Government in protecting freedom of speech and the press. Meanwhile, the LNP is advising the general public that no one is exempt from the law and that those who violate its provisions will be held accountable; adding that Mr. Patricks will be accorded his fundamental rights.