The publisher of the Nation Times Newspaper, Mr. Octavian Williams, who is facing multiple charges, was on Friday, July 11, found guilty of one of the charges against him in the Traffic Court.
Journalist Williams was fined US$75.00 by the Traffic Court, at the Temple of Justice.
The traffic violation charges were improper parking; operating unregistered and uninsured vehicle; driving without license and failure to yield to police lawful instruction.
Williams pleaded for forgiveness prior to the ruling by the Traffic Court on Friday.
Meanwhile, Williams will shortly appear before the Monrovia City Court, where he is expected to face criminal charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
The charges were brought against him by Liberia National Police (LNP), alleging that he insulted Deputy Police Director for Operation, Col. Abraham Kromah.
Col. Kromah, in his complaint, quoted defendant Williams as saying; “You Kromah, you are a damn Mandingo Man.”
He was arrested on July 2, by the Liberia National Police on Gurley Street in Monrovia on the orders of Col. Kromah.
Following his arrest, Williams was held in police custody for three days and later arraigned before the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice, where beside the traffic violations, he was formally charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct in violation of 17.3 of the Penal Law of Liberia.
He was later released on bail.
The case was scheduled by the court to be heard on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 but failed to proceed due to the absence of the complainant, Col. Kromah.