The trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba resumed last Friday June 12th after a short break caused by illness of the accused. As the accused, looking hale & composed, sat calmly in the dock, there was mild drama when the prosecutionís own witness, stated that as a result of Haja Afsatu Kabbaís successful efforts to raise an unprecedented billions of leones for the Government and people of Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba stepped on a lot of toes and made a lot of powerful enemies for herself. The following is a transcript of part of the cross-examination:
Defence Lawyer Yada Williams (YW): Can you tell the Court the quantum of revenue that was raised by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in the twelve (12) months preceding this Accused lady assuming office as Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Republic of Sierra Leone?
Protected Witness (PW4): Less than 5 Billion Leones My Lord.
YW: Can you tell what the same Ministry raised as revenue in just nine (9) months of this Accused lady assuming office as Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources?
PW4: Over Eleven Billion Leones My Lord.
YW: Wow. What a remarkable difference! Is it possible the difference was attained solely because of measures and initiatives put in place by this Accused lady at the Ministry?
PW4: Yes My Lord.
YW: Would it be correct to say during the process of raising this quantum of revenue, she stepped on a lot of toes and created a lot of enemies for herself?
PW4: Yes My Lord, she did.
YW: So are you saying in the process of raising billions of leones as revenue for the Government and people of Sierra Leone, she created a lot of enemies?
PW4: Yes my Lord.
The case has meanwhile been adjourned to Wednesday 16th June 2010
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