-Fahngon also sues the leadership of the Legislature for US$2.5M damages
Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe of Bomi County District #1 and Deputy Information Minister for Press and Public Affairs, Eugene Lamin Fahngon, have filed separate damages lawsuit in the total amount of US$4 million before the same Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice.
The Snowe lawsuit against Fahngon is seeking US$500,000 as compensatory damages, US$500,000 for punitive damages and US$500,000 as pecuniary damages.
And Fahngon’s lawsuit against the leadership of the Lower House seeks US$2,500,000 in both punitive and general damages.
For Snowe, Fahngon, with malice and intent to tarnish his reputation, stationed a live video on social media [Facebook] and began ranting at him. With such intent, Fahngon made several accusations of criminal behavior against him (Snowe), to include obstruction of justice and assault of police officer.
“Describing me as ex-combatant for the rebel faction of former President Charles Taylor, a murderer who killed people in Liberia during the civil war, was tantamount to lawsuit,” Snowe quoted Fahngon.
Snowe also claimed that the live video carried on Fahngon’s Facebook page was viewed by millions of people in and out of the country.
“It was viewed by over 102,000 times and shared by more than 2,000 persons in and out of the country,” the Snowe suit claimed.
In the case of Fahngon, the decision by members of the House to detain him was a display of naked abuse of power that underestimated legislative functions and duties of the first branch of government.
“The damage I suffered at the hands of people who called themselves representatives of the people is irreparable and unjustifiable to me and my family by creating mental anguish, psychological torture, humiliation, embarrassment and inconvenience,” Fahngon claimed in his lawsuit.
The case grew on September 7 at about 10:30 p.m. when Snowe claimed that he received a text message from a staff of the Legislature, who he identified as Kelvin D.J. Matilda, informing the legislator that he (Kelvin) had been arrested on orders of Fahngon.
Fahngon’s decision to have the man arrested grew out of claims that Matilda took his (Fahngon’s) photo at an entertainment center, and he had responded by confiscating Matilda’s phone in the aftermath.
Fahngon later reported the matter to Zone-5 Police Depot in Congo Town, Monrovia, where police officers there immediately arrested Matilda.
In the aftermath of his arrest, Matilda texted Snowe, asking him to facilitate his release.
According to Snowe, shortly afterward, he went to the police station to inquire and sign for the legislative staff.
While there to release Matilda, Snowe claimed that his request was denied by the assigned police officers on grounds that Fahngon had instructed them not to release Matilda.
“Based on that information provided by the police, I called Fahngon and asked him to kindly return to the police station with Matilda’s phone and release him from custody,” the lawsuit further alleged.
Since the police were acting on Fahngon’s order at that point, “Fahngon began raining insults at me, barring me from calling him about Matilda’s phone, because it was in the possession of the National Security Agency (NSA), and that he would come back to the police station to ensure that the police do not release the staff.”
Snowe further explained that within few minutes, Fahngon arrived at the station with several persons and began aggravating the situation by continuously insulting him.