The Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court six persons believed to be supporters of the Collocation for Democratic Change (CDC).
They were on three criminal charges including Terroristic Threats, Simple Assaults and Disorderly Conduct, allegedly against Mr. Henry Costa, a political talk show host.
According to a Police charge sheet, defendants Leroy Kolleh, Sulelman Fofanah, Junior Gibson, Nardoh Parley, Dennis Kanneh and Jeremiah Sackie on October 24, 2017, at about 1:30 P.M, aggressively approached Mr. Costa who was coming from a meeting and threatened to kill him (Costa) and burn his car on Mechlin Street in Central Monrovia.
Mr. Costa told the Police investigators that following the threats, the defendants allegedly began to throw objects at him, with one of them hitting him in the chest claiming that he (Henry Costa) insulted the Standard Bearer of the CDC Senator George Weah on his talk show, something that agitated them.
Police investigation also say that the video recordings viewed by the team revealed that indeed complainant Henry P.Costa was attacked on Mechlin Street between Broad and Ashmun Streets.
The report also says that the defendants, having been told of the allegation, did not deny or admit; but chose to remain silent as advised by their lawyer, Cllr.T.Joseph B. Debblay, in respect of their Miranda’s right.
However, witnesses Stephen T. Wrayee and Sylvester Tevez corroborated the allegation of complainant Henry P.Costa that he was being threatened, assaulted and insulted on the 24th of October, 2017 in the Monrovia.
Our Judiciary reporter said the six defendants were taken to the Monrovia Central Prison pending court trial. However, charges against the defendants are subject to bail under the laws of Liberia.
Complainant Henry Costa is a political commentator and host of a widely listened to radio talk show named the “Costa Show” on a local radio station 90.2 F.M in Monrovia.
Costal contested the October 10, 2017 Representative and Presidential elections as a representative candidate of District # 6 in Montserrado County but was defeated.
Since then, Costa returned to his radio program and continues what some believe he preaches hate messages.
Since the occurrence, officials of CDC have been denying the claims that Costa’s alleged attackers are members of the party; even though Moses Carter of Kings FM of Amb. Weah was the first to break the report.
Be as it may, all eyes are on the judiciary to play its part in determining the fact.