24 October 2013

Liberia: Samukai Demands $500,000 Damages

In an action of damages for slander and libel filed Tuesday by Liberia's Defense Minister, J. Brownie Samukai, the defense boss is demanding US$500, 000 from his accuser Jefferson Koijee, for implicating him (Samukai) to an alleged plot to assassinate President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Having filed said action before the Civil Law Court Tuesday at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, the court commanded its officer to take possession of all identified properties or assets of Koijee, including monies, equipment and others to recover the principal and costs in the proceedings.

"You are hereby commanded to attach and take possession of all identified properties and/or assets, including monies, equipment, vehicles and real property (leasehold rights), of Jefferson Koijee of the City of Monrovia in the above entitled cause of action in the amount of US$500,000.00 to recover the principal and costs in these proceedings," the court said.

The Civil Law Court summoned Koijee to appear in its December AD 2013 term of court on the 16th at 10 A.M. The court ordered that failure to show properties covering the amount or US$500,000 due plaintiff Brownie Samukai, defendant Koijee should be kept in any common jail until he shall have complied.

Koijee, Youth League Chairman for the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, was on Tuesday arrested on court order and sent to prison just after he held conversation with police authorities in Monrovia.

He had appeared at the National Police Headquarters to talk with police authorities in line with his widely publicized claims made early this month that some of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's officials were plotting to assassinate her.

He named Defense Minister Brownie Smukai, Liberia Football Association President, Musa Bility and the governing Unity Party Chair Cllr. Varney G. Sherman and others in the alleged assassination plot against the President.

Koijee and his party officials on Tuesday drove to the LNP Headquarters on police invitation, but he was never arrested or charged by the police until he encountered officers, who were executing the Civil Law Court's order to have him arrested over an action of damages for slander and libel, filed by one of his accused, Brownie Samukai.

Koijee had accused the officials at the time President Sirleaf travelled to the United States, Canada and Costa Rica. His comments came at the time other anti-Sirleaf group demanded her resignation, accusing her government of corruption and failure of some of her officials to declare their assets.

Koijee has since insisted that he remained open to responsible engagement with the police for investigation. He promised to expose those allegedly behind the assassination plot in the security apparatus.

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