After several months of closure due to inability to settle US$1.5million in damages to former Agriculture Minister Dr. Christopher Toe, the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice, on Monday, November 18, announced their decision to reopen the FrontPageAfrica newspaper and it’s on online services.
Given the court’s decision, Judge Boima Kontoe declare: “Following Dr. Chris Toe’s bill of information to this court, agreeing to waive all claims, to set the pace for reconciliation, and Mr. Rodney Sieh’s acceptance, the court has hereby ordered the newspaper and online service reopened.”
He further ruled, “Since the plaintiff waives his claims, the court will not waive it court charges, instead, Mr. Sieh, managing editor of the news outlets is mandated to pay the amount of US$350, as charges within 48 hours into government revenue.”
Judge Kontoe also released Sieh from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.
Minutes after the ruling, one of Sieh’s lawyers, Att’y Samuel Kofi Woods, told journalists that the matter has just begun.
“We thank God for the court’s settlement, but, it is now left with the reconciliation.”
“It is after that, we can finally say all is now over,” Att’y Woods disclosed.
The news outlet was ordered closed, after the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s judgment in the amount of US$1.5million in damages to former Agriculture Minister Toe.