It has been disclosed that Journalist Rodney Sieh who was granted a 30-day compassionate leave from prison recently by the Justice Ministry is to be monitored by the Liberia National Police (LNP). According to a letter dated October 18, 2013 and sent to Rodney Sieh’s lawyer, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been directed to keep twenty-four hours surveillance on Mr. Sieh’s house and its immediate perimeter.
The letter specifically sent to Cllr. Beyan D. Howard at the Legal Consultants, Incorporated; lawyer of Mr. Sieh and signed by Deputy Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh, stated that any attempt by Mr. Sieh to leave his house without prior approval shall be considered a violation of the conditions of his leave.
The letter said, “I present my compliments and refer to the communication addressed to you, dated October 7, 2013, Referenced CPT/MOJ/AG/RL/590/13 from Christiana P. Tah, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia on the above captioned subject.”
“As you are quite aware, the grant aforesaid compassionate leave is now before the Honourable Supreme Court of Liberia. Hence, it has become necessary to impose an additional conditionality on the leave until the final determination of the matter by the Supreme Court, “the letter noted.
The Ministry of Justice added, “Please be informed accordingly, that effective immediately and upon the directive of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General 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. To ensure that the aforesaid additional conditionality is observed, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been directed to keep 24 hours surveillance on Mr. Sieh’s house and its immediate perimeter,” the Ministry said.
Concluding, the letter said, “Any attempt by Mr. Sieh to leave his house without prior approval as herein provided, shall be considered a violation of the conditions of his leave.”
Mr. Sieh was imprisoned for a little over 40 days after he was held liable by the Civil Law Court in a libel suit brought against him by former Agriculture Minister, Dr. Christopher Toe.
Following the granting of the 30 days compassionate leave by the Ministry of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Christiana Tah, the Attorney General was summoned by the Supreme Court and it is expected that the Attorney General will show up today at the Supreme Court at 2 p.m..