Mr. Patricks, founder of a civil society organization, “Campaigner for Change” was arrested and charged with criminal libel against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and sedition by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for comments linking the Liberian leader to the death of Mr. Harry Greaves, former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).
Defendant Patrick was sent to jail after several failed attempts to secure a bail bond for his release from prison as the charges against him are bailable under the law.
Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, lead lawyer representing the legal interest of Patrick, had earlier told reporters at the Criminal Court “A” Temple of Justice that they were unable to find an Insurance Company to have a bond filed for the release of defendant Patricks.
However, members of the Joint Action Committee to free Vandalark Patricks, on Monday, February 29, 2016, clashed with officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in a solidarity protest aimed at showing support for their detained colleague.
The protest by the Joint Action Committee on Monday led to the obstruction of traffic and the free movements of several citizens as vehicles were redirected to alternative routes by the pro-Patrick protestors.
The action of the protestors impeded proceedings at the Temple of Justice on Monday.
Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, termed the protest as unacceptable and called on them to desist from such practices.
According to Minister Jackson, it is unacceptable for protestors to avoid legal process and run in the streets thereby preventing the movement of peaceful citizens.
Following his release on bail, Patricks told jubilant supporters that his incarceration and release from prison reenergizes his pursuit for improved democratic governance in Liberia.
He emphasized that he remains a man of the people who believes in the struggle and will continue to use the microphones to champion democracy in Liberia.
“We will continue the struggle for justice and we will not relent until death,” Vandalark emphasized.