The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice has put the Managing Editor of FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh under house arrest.
In a communication addressed to Cllr. Beyan D. Howard, one of the lawyers of Sieh, and signed by Deputy Justice Minister, Benedict F. Sannoh, the Government says the grant of compassionate leave is now before the Supreme Court therefore, it has become necessary to impose additional conditionality on the leave until final determination of the matter.
"Please be informed accordingly that effective immediately and upon the directive of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Christiana Tah, your client, Mr. Rodney Sieh, is to remain confined to his house until the expiration of the period granted for the compassionate leave. If for any compelling reason, Mr. Sieh is to leave his house, he must obtain prior approval from the Assistant Minister of Justice for Corrections and Rehabilitation," Cllr. Sannoh wrote.
He said to ensure that additional measure is observed, the Liberia National Police has been directed to keep 24 hours surveillance on journalist Sieh's house and his immediate perimeter.
The government warned that any attempt by Sieh to leave his house without approval, shall be considered a violation of the conditions of his leave.
Journalist Sieh was given a compassionate leave about a week ago by Justice Minister Christiana Tah. Days after the leave was given, the Supreme Court summoned Minister Tah to give reasons for her decision.
She is expected to appear before the full bench of the high court today. The hearing was suspended last week.