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SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Afsatu Kabba Was Never A Signatory to Account in Sierra Leone
The Deputy Director of Banking at the Central Bank, Mr. Jalloh has yesterday May 20th 2010 submitted to the Court the Bank Statements for the Monitoring Control & Surveillance (MCS) Account of the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources (MFMR) since its inception in 2001 until present. He also tendered in evidence the Signatory Documents which showed the only two persons authorized to make withdrawals from the MCS Account to be the following
May 21, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba Trial to Continue This Morning
The trial of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba continues this morning at the Law Courts. At the last Hearing, her Lead Defence Counsel, Blyden Jenkins-Johnston alerted the Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu that the Defence Team was considering a "line of action" with respect to the protection of 13 persons that the State was all set to present as the prosecution witnesses. It is believed that Lawyer Yada Williams, one of the Defence Lawyers might have drawn up certain papers in line with this as-yet-unstated "line of action".
May 20, 2010, 17:10

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Didn’t Sign Anywhere for 5 Cheques... Whilst High Court Demands Signatories, Bank Statement for the Account
High Court Judge, Justice Ademusu on Monday 17th May 2010 requested Mr. Abubakarr Jalloh who doubles as the Acting Director, Banking Department at the Central Bank and first Prosecution Witness (PW1) to tender names of signatories and bank statements in respect of withdrawals from the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Account of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources as demanded by the Defence Counsel for the Ex-Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba who made her fourth appearance in court on allegations of corruption.
May 19, 2010, 11:49

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Haja Afsatu Kabba's Life is in Danger in Sierra Leone!
If Haja Afsatu Kabba is guilty of the allegations, she stands to benefit from the evidence against her being tendered in secret. However, her lawyers tell Awareness Times that she is now shouting out a loud NO! Haja Afsatu Kabba is insisting that all Statements purporting to incriminate her are false and conspired up; that the Statements will not stand up to public scrutiny so she wants the evidence to be tendered openly so the Public can hear what Abdul Tejan-Cole appended his signature to and took to Law Courts as a ‘corruption case of merit’.
May 19, 2010, 11:47

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu is Back in High Court today
The controversial trial of one of Sierra Leone’s most popular female politicians, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba, for alleged corrupt acts, resumes this morning of 17th May 2010 at the Law Courts in Freetown. In period since last adjourned date of May 5th 2010, some dramatic developments involving the man who signed Haja Afsatu’s indictment papers has occurred in Sierra Leone. Mr. Abdul Tejan-Cole, Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) abruptly resigned from his office after first fleeing the shores of the country without giving an explanation for his actions. It will be recalled that Mr. Tejan-Cole had come under serious criticisms over his handling of the Haja Afsatu investigations and prosecution. Meanwhile, Lead Prosecutor, Calvin Mantsebo who had been suspected to might have also resigned, says he will be in court this morning to prosecute.
May 17, 2010, 14:10

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, “We’ll support Afsatu Kabba even if they Kill us” - the Disabled
A huge cross section of the physically challenged in Freetown have stormed this newspaper’s offices yesterday 12th May 2010 in Freetown to express their preparedness "to die" in order to see that the rights of former minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource, Haja Afsatu Kabba, is upheld according to the National Constitution & Sierra Leone Laws.
May 13, 2010, 17:08

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Is Afsatu Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
An essential belief in civilised societies is that a person is innocent until proven guilty but it will appear that for some malice-ridden haters, Haja Afsatu Kabba has to be guilty until she is proven innocent. Despite all the anomalies and strangeness around the manner she was investigated, charged and is being prosecuted with some procedures even being unprecedented, persons still wish to insist that she is guilty until proven innocent.
May 12, 2010, 17:16

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Is Afsatu Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
An essential belief in civilised societies is that a person is innocent until proven guilty but it will appear that for some malice-ridden haters, Haja Afsatu Kabba has to be guilty until she is proven innocent. Despite all the anomalies and strangeness around the manner she was investigated, charged and is being prosecuted with some procedures even being unprecedented, persons still wish to insist that she is guilty until proven innocent.
May 11, 2010, 17:08

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Hon. Justice Browne-Marke Begged to be Transferred from Afsatu Kabba's Cases
I know for a fact from impeccable sources that Hon. Justice Nicholas Colin Browne-Marke on Tuesday May 4th 2010 at around 4:00pm personally begged the Hon. Chief Justice Umu-Hawa Tejan-Jalloh in her office, virtually on his bended knees, in the presence of others, to be excused (recused) from continuing to preside over the matters of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba. His removal from the matters therefore had nothing to do with political interference but everything to do with patriotic local journalists’ embarrassing revelations of Browne-Marke’s links to a primary prosecutorial antagonist of Afsatu Kabba by the name of Mrs. Lilian Ada Lisk. It was a case of the Fourth Estate helping an arm of Government (the Judiciary) to do the right thing. And for this, For Di People (Paul Kamara), Independent Observer (Jonathan Leigh), Premier News (Theo Nicol) & Awareness Times (yours truly) should be credited.
May 10, 2010, 12:18

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Scenes from Law Courts at Yesterday's Trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba in Sierra Leone
Scenes from the Law Courts at yesterday's commencement of trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba. They depict State operatives within the Judiciary and Police, breaching the indicted woman's constitutional rights to a free, fair and open trial. Even the worst Treason trials in Sierra Leone have been held in Public. The cocaine trial never saw this amount of security presence and sheer brute force as was displayed yesterday at the Law Courts. The persistent harassment of supporters of the indicted woman did not affect the turn-out of her supporters at the Law Courts. If anything, yesterday recorded an even bigger crowd of Afsatu Kabba supporters at the Law Courts than the previous hearing. The supporters, like numerous journalists were blocked from entering the Law Court Building. However, Awareness Times Publisher and her able, well-trained, skilled reporter, Bampia James Bundu Jnr. were savvy enough to by-pass the barricades, enter the Law Courts right into the well of the Courtroom from where we bring you some of the photos.... CLICK ABOVE LINK TO VIEW THE PHOTOS.
May 6, 2010, 17:10

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, ‘Afsatu Kabba’s Support is Phenomenal’ –Finish Journalist
The former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Kabba has received accolade from a senior Finish journalist, Mrs. Erja Vainikka-Howard who is currently in Sierra Leone on an exchange visit between the Awareness Times and the Etela Suomen Sanomat (ESS) Newspaper of Finland jointly organized by Plan Finland and Sierra Leone. The senior Editor of ESS, one of Finland’s leading Newspapers on Wednesday 5th May 2010 gave her "positive impressions" of Haja Afsatu Kabba’s large loyal following, after witnessing what she described as "an unbelievable passion" in support of Afsatu Kabba from the huge crowd of loyalists and sympathizers for the politician who spread over Siaka Stevens Street and State Avenue.
May 6, 2010, 17:08

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Justice Ademusu replaces Justice Browne-Marke in Afsatu Kabba Trial in Sierra Leone
The Honourable Chief Justice yesterday May 5th 2010, in her wisdom, decided to re-assign the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba away from Hon. Justice Browne-Marke to Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu. This move saw the matter being restarted de-novo with Haja Afsatu Kabba taking a fresh plea once again on the seven counts. She pled Not Guilty to all of them.
May 6, 2010, 17:06

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Umaru Fofana Complains Alleged “Afsatu Supporters”
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has strongly condemned an alleged threat against the life of its president, Umaru Fofana, by persons suspected to be supporters of erstwhile Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Kabba whilst the former minister has distanced herself completely from such actions. The alleged threat followed Mrs Kabba’s appearance in a Freetown court on May 5th 2010 on corruption allegations when her alleged supporters, rained insults on Umaru’s mother and threatened to burn his house and kill him.
May 6, 2010, 16:53

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Elvis Kargbo Joins Afsatu Kabba’s Defence Team
Prominent Freetown lawyer and younger brother of the National Organising Secretary of the ruling All People’s Congress, yesterday joined the Defence Team acting on behalf of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba. Kabba faces a 7-Count indictment by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on corruption related offences. Lawyer Elvis Kargbo now joins Messrs Blyden Jenkins-Johnston, Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh, Foday Dabor, Yada Hashim Williams, Melron Nicol-Wilson, Leon Jenkins Johnston and Cassandra Labour to defend the embattled popular female politician.
May 6, 2010, 16:49

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Zainab Bangura Wants Afsatu to plead Guilty?
Many citizens have continued to contact this newspaper house to express amazement at the words from Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura past Monday in which she insinuated over a radio broadcast quite clearly that she would have begged the ACC on behalf of her indicted colleague Haja Afsatu Kabba if Kabba had confessed to guilt of the allegations. This happened Monday when Sierra Leoneans had the experience of listening to their Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura as she vehemently denied any links to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) seemingly forgetting her position as the current National Chair of the ACC’s Anti-Corruption Strategy Steering Committee which committee plays a very pivotal role in ensuring the ACC is smoothly operated according to its strategy.
May 6, 2010, 16:47

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba’s Lawyers Raise Alarm
Defence Lawyers for Haja Afsatu Kabba currently facing a 7-count indictment for corruption at the Law Courts have yesterday expressed "serious dismay" to Awareness Times that the Bundle of Evidence and Witness Statements that were finally delivered yesterday May 3rd 2010 to the Law Offices of Tejan-Jalloh & Dabor were delivered unsealed and unprotected by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). The materials were hand-delivered by a messenger who physically moved himself on the streets, from the ACC offices at Gloucester Street to the Walpole Street offices of Tejan-Jalloh & Dabor.
May 4, 2010, 17:12

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, President’s Sister threatens students against Afsatu Kabba
Impeccable sources have revealed to Awareness Times newspaper that Mrs. Admire Sesay, the elder sister of His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Leader and Chairman of the ruling All People’s Congress party has threatened student members of the ruling APC with untold repercussions should they seek to repeat what they did on April 19th 2010 at the Law Courts in solidarity with the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba currently facing charges of alleged corruption at the Law Courts.
May 3, 2010, 19:04

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, An Afsatu Kabba Dream for Fishing Sector Comes True
Erstwhile Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba had many visions and dreams for Sierra Leone to benefit from its coastal waters and marine resources. One of these was an often-stated strong vision for transparency to be the way forward with regards all Agreements signed concerning our country’s Fishing Sector. This latter great vision of Haja Afsatu Kabba insofar as the China National Fishing Corporation (CNFC) dealings was concerned, has finally come to fruition as State Television (SLBC-TV) has broadcast that the great vision of Haja Afsatu Kabba to have the Government and People of Sierra Leone benefit the most out of our Coastal Waters via transparent dealings with China has now come true.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:26

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
APC Students & APC Activists to Defy NAC over Afsatu
Strategic members of the ruling All People’s Congress have told this press that they were prepared to defy even President Koroma in order to continue their public show of support for indicted party strongwoman Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba. Speaking to Awareness Times at various times last weekend, they spoke of their support for the fight against corruption but also made known their current deep seated mistrust of the Abdul Tejan-Cole led Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) which indicted Haja Kabba.
Apr 26, 2010, 14:46

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
The Dramatic Case of ACC & Afsatu Kabba
There was drama in court yesterday as the Anti Corruption Commission proceeded to justify the widely featured suspicions that they might be replacing their earlier charges against erstwhile Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba, with fresh charges. A fresh charge sheet of only 7-counts was preferred and served on Haja Afsatu Kabba inside the Court room shortly after 10:00am yesterday April 19th 2010 whilst the original 17-Count charges were asked to be discharged and/or adjourned indefinitely. The fresh 7-Count indictment had been secretly filed since last Friday 16th April 2010 thus giving justification to much of the suspicions raised in a featured article that was widely disseminated last weekend. The fresh case of the new 7 counts should start in earnest on Wednesday May 5th 2010.
Apr 20, 2010, 15:38


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