The Activa Insurance International Company Liberia has provided surety in the amount of US$500,000 to bond defendant Jefferson Koijee in an action of damages for slander and libel filed against him by the Minister of National Defense, J. Brownie Samukai.
Early this month, defendant Koijee, Youth League Chair for the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, accused Minister Samukai and other officials of plotting to assassinate President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Nearly three weeks after the allegation, the Defense Minister on October 22, filed an action of damages for slander and libel before the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice, demanding US$500,000 from defendant Koijee.
Following the complaint, the court has instructed that all identified properties or assets of Koijee's be possessed by court officers in the amount of US$500,000 to recover the principal costs in the proceedings.
Filing his indemnity bond of the amount demanded on Friday, 25 October, defendant Koijee also filed a motion to vacate attachment, telling the court that he would never do anything on the contrary to ruin his character. In the motion to vacate attachment, Koijee insists he is ready to go to any length to maintain his integrity and love for his country, Liberia.
The defendant further told the court that he has no intention to travel anywhere out of the bailiwick of the Republic, and therefore, stands ready to defend himself by and through his legal counsel in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Koijee said he was not a flight risk and therefore stands ready to prove beyond all reasonable doubts all his assertions as per the complaint filed by Samukai. On Tuesday, October 22, defendant Koijee was arrested on order of the court and sent to prison just after he held conversation with police authorities in Monrovia.
He had appeared at the Liberia National Police Headquarters to talk with police authorities in line with his widely publicized claims that some of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's officials were plotting to assassinate her.
Meanwhile, Civil Law Court assigned Judge Boima Kontoe, has upon receipt of the defendant's motion, indemnity bond and other relevant papers, ordered Clerk Ellen Hall to issue an order, lifting the attachment placed on all of his properties. The court clerk has by directive of the judge, ordered the writ of attachment vacated.