Monrovia lawyers representing Stella Maris University Comptroller Alexander Berrian have refuted media reports that their client was arrested for alleged rape by a Monrovia City Court officer at the Temple of Justice.
Atti. Tonia Gibson told FrontPageAfrica Correspondence that the scene created over the weekend during Stella Maris’ graduation exercise against her client Alexander Berrian is fake, as reported by the Liberia News Agency and other media.
He said the writ, a copy of which is in the possession of FrontPageAfrica, is a writ of summons and clearly shows that Mr. Berrian has been charged with criminal coercion, harassment and threats based on a complaint filed by a certain Roosevelt Harvey and not summoned for rape, as allegedly reported.
Plaintiff Roosevelt R. Harvey alleged that he was kidnapped by Stella Maris’ comptroller and that his phones and car keys went missing in the process, during which he suffered bodily harm contrary to the media report.
The writ noted that the defendant’s action had been committed with malice and bad intention.
Further, the writ noted the unlawful, unlawful, al and intentional nature of this violation of Sections 14.27, 14.25 and 14.21 of the New Criminal Law of Liberia.
As a result, Berrian’s legal team led by Atty. Vincent Smith has threatened legal action against the Liberia News Agency and other media for reporting lies about his client.
They argued that their client was never summoned for rape, but rather criminal coercion, harassment, threat and simple assault.