The chief executive officer (CEO) of I-Café, one of the leading internet businesses in the country, Ceaser Morris, was on Friday sent to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial on charges of multiple offenses, including forgery. Morris was also charged with criminal coercion and harassment by the Monrovia City Court.
The court’s action came immediately after Morris could not secure a valid criminal appearance bond that would have prevented him from going to jail on Friday, even though the crimes qualified him for bail. Morris’ imprisonment was also based on a complaint filed by Presley Tenwah, chairman of Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL). PATEL is an organization of business associations in Liberia that staged a three-day peaceful protest against the government citing economic hardships that ranged from the imposition of high tariffs on goods imported into the country, the constant gain of the United States to the Liberian dollar, and continued harassment of side-walk and petty traders by police officers.
The Writ of Arrest that led to the I-Café CEO being behind bars alleged that on August 11, even up to the 31st, defendant Morris, without any legal right, intentionally placed information on an “illegal website in the form and manner that PATEL chairman Tenwah is a criminal who has been dismissed as the institution’s chairman.” Besides, the court records alleged that Morris accused Tenwah of acting in said capacity, “on an illegal website, thereby, tarnishing my good character and reputation.”
The record alleged that Morris conspired and used fake documents and misled the media about Tenwah’s dismissal as the PATEL chairman. “The action was with the intent to subject Tenwah to hatred, as well as to impair his business repute…and also placed the information on a forged letterhead of PATEL to injure his (Tenwah) character,” the court record alleged.
Morris was released on bail on Monday, September 4. Meanwhile, the act by the defendant, the document said, “being unlawful, wicked, illegal and intentional is in violation of section 10.2, 14.3 and 14.27 of the Penal Law of Liberia.”