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The vice president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and managing editor of the Nation Times Newspaper has been dragged to court by the publisher of FrontPage Africa Newspaper for US$10,000 libel suit against him.

The fifteen-count libel for damage against journalist Octavin Williams among other things stated that “on Friday the defendant (Williams) published and caused to be published a second libelous allegation against him Sieh, thereby indicting him for blackmailing the Unity Party branding him as a white collar extortionist.
Rodney Sieh said the lawsuit comes against the backdrop of a publication of the Nation Times Newspaper (Vol. 12 No.22) dated Friday October 6, 2017 for which he (Sieh) was reportedly “linked to a US$100,000 financial fraud in the United States of America”.
The publication of the Nation Times Newspaper dated October 6, 2017 is also part of Sieh’s evidences provided. It indicates that in August 2008 a lady identify as Mrs. Richardson, banking institution require that he (Rodney Sieh) provide written communication indicating his full financial responsibility of the car due to debt to income matters for Mrs. Richardson.
The publication further stated that “the bank also required that Sieh show proof that he was in the process of refinancing the car.
Sieh provided a notarized letter along with his bank routing and account information to satisfy the bank’s requirements.
The publication further pointed out that, in January 2009 – December 2009 Sieh remained non-responsive to all attempts during this stated time period.
Consequently, in August 2009 Sieh lapsed on the payment for the first time prompting Mrs. Richardson’s communication with one of his associates.
“Mrs. Richardson was able to further investigate and determine the party with whom the car was left.
Sieh, according to the Nation Times publication, made no indication to the party that the car was not solely or that there was still a balance on the car; but rather left it with them for their personal use with an arrangement to maintain the insurance and registration which he (Sieh) eventually abandoned as well.
According to the FrontPage Africa boss, said story contained the following libelous statement by “Saida Vasco Nyei member of the strategic media team that when addressing a major press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday October 4, 2017 said attempts by Sieh to connect vice President Boakai through businessman Abdallah Sheriff demonstrates Rodney’s attributes of blackmailing and a white collar extortionist”.
The FrontPage Africa Newspaper has frowned on these publications terming it false and malicious and it is only intended to malign his character; something that promoted his request to seek readdress through the highest authority of law.
Sieh wants the court to hold Williams for liable and to as well retract the publication for two months with same prominence accorded the “libelous publication”.
However, it is not yet clear whether the vice president of the Press Union of Liberia, Octavian Williams is the writer of the story dated far behind the publisher of the Nations Time Newspaper.

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