The Monrovia City Court is expected to determine the fate of Roots FM whether or not the station will resume operations.
This follows a motion to return property and suppressed evidence filed by Fidel Saydee, Roots FM Mnager in the name of Roots Holding Incorporated.
The Monrovia City Court Judge Ernest Bana on October 29, 2019 reserved ruling into the matter for November 6, 2019 to come down with the outcome of the case.
It can be recalled that early this month, the government of Liberia through the Solicitor General of Liberia issued a search, seizure, and arrest warrant against the management and staff of Roots FM for allegedly preaching hate messages and inciting public against the government among other things.
The station premises was invaded by court sheriffs taking away two speakers, two CPU, desktop computer, two chairs, flat screen TV, two head-phones, speaker stamp, microphones, wires and other electronic materials contrary to the instruction given in the writ.
During Tuesday’s legal argument, government lawyers argued that Fidel Saydee by law is a non-existence individual who lacks the requisite capacity and standing to file an action against the state on behalf of Roots Holding Incorporated.
Prosecution maintained that Fidel did not seek permission from the board of directors of Roots Holdings Incorporated to file such action; something that contradicted the laws that control corporate existence.
The prosecution also contended that it did not closed down Root Holding Incorporated, rather Root Fm therefore the motion by Fidel should be dismissed by the court as there is no authorization or right granted Fidel to endeavor in such issues.
In resistance, the defense counsels of Roots Fm prey that the argument by government lawyers be set aside and hearing into the motion be proceeded with because the move of prosecution is in bad faith and intended to delay hearing in the case.
Defense counsel maintained that those items taken from the station were illegally done by national government thus resulting to the perpetually close.
Additionally, Roots FM lawyer noted that the manner in which Roots FM equipment were brought before the court was wrong and criminal in nature.
“If the court were to go by the context of the application it would be denied Movant rights to defend itself under the law.”
Pray the Court to have the application filed by the Movant in its entire dismissed for the frequent forward in suited in law respondents in these proceedings on October
It was further alleged that during the invasion, money got stolen from the station. TNR