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Four Cocaine Suspects Discharged in Sierra Leone
By Bintu A. Sesay
Dec 23, 2008, 17:20
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On Monday 22nd December 2008, Alusine Kamara, Bankole Kamara, Fatmata Bangura and Obai Kamara who were standing before Court No. 1 on preliminary investigations into the cocaine saga were discharged by presiding Magistrate Deen Tarawallie.

The Director of Public Prosecution recommended the discharge of the four accused on grounds that he had no evidence against them.

Earlier, defence counsel for the tenth accused, Mohamed Bashil Sesay made an application that his client had been unlawfully detained by the court. Roland Wright Esq. also said that the trial should not have taken place in Freetown but in Port Loko, including an application of transfer which he said should have been made from Port Loko to Freetown instead. This submission was outrightly objected to by the DPP, Oladipo Robin Mason as he referred to Roland Wrights interpretation as a misinterpreted and misplaced one.

In his ruling, Magistrate Tarawallie said as long as there was a charge of conspiracy Roland Wrights application did not matter and that the court had the jurisdiction to proceed with the matter.

In another development, 21 accuse persons appeared before Justice Brown Mark of High Court No. 2 in the said matter, Roland Wright also submitted that all the accused persons should not be judged under the newly enacted drugs law, because the crime was committed before the law came into being. The matter was adjourned to the 23rd December 2008.


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