Embattled Bility Raises Temperature

By: R. Joyclyn Wea

MONROVIA-Internal wrangling within the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) is far from ending as members are legally battling each other on a daily basis.

The last weeks witnessed a few members of the CPP being dragged to court on crimes of forgery and criminal conspiracy by another high-profile member of one of its constituent parties.

While undecided, one of the defendants in these proceedings in the person of Musa Bility, the embattled chairman of the Liberty Party has taken to court Montserrado County’s Senator Abraham Darius Dillon who is also an executive of the LP on the action of damages for wrong in the tone of one million United States dollars.

Bility on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, filed before Judge Kennedy Peabody, Resident Circuit Judge of the Civil Law Court action of damages for wrong for libel and slander on his person by Senator Dillon hence he (Bility) is seeking not less than one million United States Dollars in general damages to be decided by the jury.

Billy’s action comes less than a week after he threatens to release to the public unspecified damaging documents from the CPP chartroom if the CPP’s current chairman Joseph Boakai testifies against him and Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress in their forgery case before the Monrovia City Court.

In an 11-count sue, Bility informed the court that between November, December 2021 up to January 15, 2022, Dillon became a target of blackmail, libel, slander malicious stigmatization on social media purely found on the pillar of political agenda and ‘ill will’ by lying against his (Bility) good name and reputation when accused by Dillon of being a criminal fraudster.

Bility further told the court that Dillon in social, electronic, and print media publications decided to carry individual stories of ‘fraudster and criminality’ allegations against him, an account characterized by falsehood and lacks any factual sufficiency referencing FrontPage Africa, Ok FM, Spoon FM among others.

He claimed the action of damages for wrong predicated on libel and slander will lie against Senator Dillon because the conduct of the lawmaker is wrong, untrue, and intended to, and has indeed caused incalculable material and psychological injuries to him.

He furthered that Dillon’s action also caused him degradation, embarrassment, inconvenience, mockery, social stigma, emotional distress, mental anguish, pains, and sufferings.

“Defendant intentionally decided to go against legislative ethics and the norms of civilized society governing especially individuals who are lawmakers, defendant’s wrongful conduct in the above case, is legally justified to sustain this action of damages for wrong predicated on libel and slander,” Bility alleges.

The Liberty Party official is also demanding Dillon to pay all legal fees and expenses associated with filing the prosecution of said action.

Meanwhile, the court has issued a writ of summoning, ordering Senator Dillon to respond to Bility’s complaint on or before February 5, 2022.

The court also sets March 25, 2022, as the day for the Montserrado County’s Senator to appear and answer to the civil charges levied against him by his party’s chairman.

Failure for the Senator to meet up with these terms and conditions stipulated in the court’s writ of summon will lead to his arrest by that honorable court.

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