Reverend on libel charge bailed


APOSTLE Julian Johnson outside court on Tuesday. Photo: Racardo Thomas


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE reverend who denied making offensive allegations against Police Commissioner Paul Rolle in a Facebook video that went viral was yesterday granted bail ahead of his trial.

Earlier this week, Julian Johnson appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with intentional libel after he was accused of last month recording and posting a video on Facebook accusing Commissioner Rolle of sexually assaulting female officers on the force in an attempt to defame him.

At his first court appearance, Johnson denied the allegation. However, before the issue of bail could be determined, the prosecution requested an adjournment to consider its position on the matter.

After spending one night in jail, Johnson appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes for his bail hearing.

During the proceedings, he was granted $1,000 bail with two sureties.

He returns to court on July 28 for trial.

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