Liberty Party Chairman Musa Bilityhas filed a US$1 million lawsuit against Montserrado County Senator Darius for defamation of character.
Cllr. Arthur Johnson, making the disclosure on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 said Senator Dillon is being being dragged before the law for actions of wrong, libel and slander by attachmenrt.
The popular criminal lawyer also disclosed that his client is claiming US$1 million in general damages for wrongful action and defamation.
Cllr. Johnson also said the lawsuit was prompted by negative comments attributed to Senator Dillon against Mr. Bility wherein the lawmaker in Decmeber 2021 alleged, defamed, accused, stiagmtaized and tainted the character of the Liberty Party Chairman.
He added that Senator Dillon is on record for referring to the Liberty Party Chairman as criminal and fraudster as well as being the one who altered the framework document of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).
The lawyer made it known that as per the law, when the character of a person is defamed, he or she has the right to drag the accuser to court.
According to him, the lawsuit by attachment at a cost of US$1 million will compel Senator Dillon to provide properties worth such amount as collateral to restrict his movement or else he will be sent to jail.
“No one makes irresponsible statements and be allowed to go free. Under international protocol, people are free to make statements, but they must be prepared to account for them. Dr. Bility is suing for Liberia to make a precedent and Senator Dillon who was elected must be somebody that deals with ethics,” Cllr. Johnson declared.
Senator Dillon and Chairman Bilityhave been at odds with each other since the Montserrado lawmaker and 15 others including Senator NyonbleeKarnga-Lawrence and other top executives of the Liberty Party were suspended by the National Executive Committee due to their failure to settle their dues with the party.
The National Executive Committee of the political party subsequently wrote the National Elections Commission (NEC) to inform the body of the suspension of the executives.
Among those also suspended aincludeGeorge Gaybue, County Chair, Grand Bassa; Eugene Tarr, County Secretary, Grand Bassa; Romeo Coker, County Chair, Monterrado; Augustine Nyormi, County Secretary, Montserrado; Daniel Sando, Vice Chair for Press & Public Affairs; Edith Gongloe-Weh, Eminent Partisan; Debar Allen, NAC Chair/NAC Representative at NEC; Jacob Smith, NAC Member; Nathaniel Barnes, NAC Member.
Others are Agatius Coker, Chair for Auxiliary Services; Augustine Fredrick, Vice Chair for Inter-Party & NEC Affairs; Prince Toles, Vice Chair for Mobilization; Senator Steve Zargo, Legislative Caucus Member; Jonathan Kaipay, Legislative Caucus Member and Rep. Hans Barchue, Legislative Caucus Member.
Their suspension, according to the National Executive Committee, is in line with Article IX of the LP constitution which states: “Persons accepted as members of the party shall pay a monthly membership fee as may from time to time be set by the NEC… Members in good standing are members whose…membership dues are fully current and up to date… Members who are not in good standing shall not be allowed to hold any office within the party, and if such member holds a position in the party, elected or appointed, he/she shall be suspended from the office by the NEC, until he/she shall have resumed the status of member in good standing. If after three months, such member is still delinquent, he/she shall be permanently removed from the office; and may be expelled from the office.”
A communication to the then Political Leader, Sen. Karnga-Lawrence, from the Executive Committee informed her of her suspension also reminded her that she had failed to pay her dues since January and remained delinquent despite a reminder on letter sent to her on November 22 and a subsequent letter on December 2.
According to the Party’s National Executive Committee, the Political Leader owes a total of US$US$18,000 which comprise a monthly due of US$1,500.
The communication: “During the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on the 20th of November, 2021 in Ganta City, Nimba County, the NEC deliberated on the National Treasurer’s report and approved evoking Article IX for officials not in good standing by sending them a reminder letter about the status of their financial obligations. On November 22, 2021 a letter was sent to you indicating the balance owed on your account as US$1,500 per month. This represents a total of US$18,000 for the period January-December 2021. On December 1, 2021 the NEC approved the suspension of officials not in good standing. However, in difference to the office of the Political Leader, the NEC excepted on your suspension, pending reminder being sent to enable you to remedy the delinquency. On December 2, 2021, a second letter was sent. To date, you have not remedied the delinquency nor have you responded to either communication. Given the above, on December 6, 2021, the NEC approved your suspension.”