Civil rights activist Vandalark Patricks says he has returned with renewed commitment and energy in his advocacy for social justice in Liberia in the face of his indictment by the grand jury for Montserrado County for Sedition and Criminal Libel against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Patricks, who is the Executive Director Campaigner for Change, mentioned that the ongoing trial for libel cannot in any way abolish his advocacy campaigns against irregularities in government which affect the people. Addressing a news conference in Monrovia Monday, May 16, 2016, Patrick indicated that the letter that led to his arrest and incarceration by the government of Liberia has been misunderstood. According to him, the charges levied by the government are only intended to muzzle free speech and halt civil rights activists who attempt to speak out against injustice. Patricks stated: “we believe that our statement was misconstrued and our letter was misunderstood. We indicated that the government must take full responsibility for the death of its citizens. “The government was unserious on the proper explanation on the death of those individuals including former Manager Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Harry Greaves and Guarantee Trust Bank former General Manager Dan Orogun, something that prompted the pronouncement of the Joint Action Committee (JAC),” he said. At the same time, Patrick has clarified that financing for his medical travel was acquired through institutions including the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Mandela Institute Foundation and the Frontline Defenders, a non for profit institute. “The bruise and severe pain on my body needed urgent medical attention and the Chief Medical Officer indicated to the court that there is no CT scan in the country for my medication” he lamented.