The civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has cleared the president of the United Methodist University, Dr. Emmanuel F. Bailey of an allegation linking him to a “sex scam.”
The court also awarded Dr. Bailey, an amount of US$2 million as “general damages concerning the libelous and false publication contained in the Corruption Watch Newspaper dated September 21, 2012, owned and operated by one Roland Y. Worwee. Mr. Worwee is a non member of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). The PUL is the parent body of all media outlets in Liberia charged with the responsibility to regulate and monitor their reportage.
Corruption Watch in its September 21, 2012 edition, insinuated that Dr. Bailey was in sex scandal with a girl he had employed who was reportedly in relationship with as home maid, otherwise referred to as ‘house-girl’.
Following the released of the publication, Dr. Bailey entered into litigation with the paper’s publisher in an “Action of Damages for Libel.”
Trial jury who were selected, sworn and empanelled to try the case, returned from their room of deliberation which was read in open court in court holding the defendant liable to the amount of US$2,000,000 as “general damages” against the character of Rev/Dr. Bailey.
The unanimous verdict of the jury was upheld thereby confirming and affirming thus holding the defendant liable to plaintiff to pay the amount of US$2 million as “general damages” concerning the libelous and false publication published by the Corruption Watch Newspaper.
In his recent judgment, the presiding Judge, J. Boima Konto said the story was falsely published with a criminal intent and esthetical conduct to tarnish, defame, and damage the character of plaintiff, who is well respected and a law-abiding citizen.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey in a recent interview with the Daily Observer has welcomed the guilty verdict against the paper’s publisher, adding that a true justice has been done to his character where his dignity and pride were restored.