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BIG BOMBSHELL!! - Haja Afsatu Kabba was not even inside Sierra Leone from Oct 9th to Oct 18th 2009!
By Our Correspondents
Jul 8, 2010, 18:22
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Yada Williams Esq., Senior Defence Counsel for indicted former Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba has yesterday July 7th 2010 told the Court that if Mr. Franklyn Wilfred Ogunlade Campbell, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Investigator in charge of the case had properly investigated the matter, he would have learnt the salient fact that between 9th and 18th October 2009, the accused, Haja Afsatu Kabba, had been out of the country and so, in that period of time, she could not have put pressure on anyone to withdraw 300 million leones from the Fisheries Marine Funds Account.  This was after the ACC confessed in Court that they had not taken a single statement from Haja Afsatu Kabba in the matter of the alleged misappropriation of the said funds nor had they posed a single question to her with reference to the issue before they dragged her to court.


ACCs Prosecution Witnesses working at Fisheries Ministry had insisted to the Court that they had been placed under prolonged pressure by the then Minister before they eventually succumbed on October 20th 2009 which was the signed date of preparation of the Minutes of October 20th 2009 that were tendered to the court as being used to withdraw reported sums of monies that Haja Afsatu Kabba is now facing trial for.

 

One of the Witnesses, PW5, who described himself to the Court as one of the signatories to the Bank Account said he had been the one who authored and prepared the minutes of October 20th 2009 and then he had gone further to describe the time period taken during which he was under pressure before he succumbed and prepared the Minutes on October 20th 2009.


It was about a week or so before the instructions were carried out. We did not carry out the instructions immediately because there was some reluctance among those of us who were to carry out the instructions. We were reluctant, PW5 had told Hon. Justice Ademusu as he reiterated his words that he had been under seven days of pressure by Haja Afsatu Kabba before he wrote the alleged Minute of October 20th 2009.


PW2 and PW3 had also earlier told the court that the Minutes were prepared by PW5 on October 20th 2009 whilst PW4 had further confirmed to the Court that after the Minute was prepared on October 20th 2009 by PW5, he(PW4) had written down instructions for the attention of PW3 on that same document next to which he had appended his inked signature and the date of October 20th 2009 as the date he signed the instructions for the withdrawals of the relevant monies. 

 

All the October 20th 2009 documents with PW4s signature inked next to the date of October 20th 2009 have been tendered in Court as Exhibits. Also, all the relevant Vouchers prepared for the said amounts, clearly reference the October 20th 2009 Minutes and have been tendered in Court as Exhibits.


Information in possession of Awareness Times is that Haja Afsatu Kabba left Sierra Leone on board Flight No. BA7568  at 22:25GMT on October 9th 2009 to represent Sierra Leone in New York, at the United Nations Commemoration of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the International Conference in Population and Development. She left in the company of opposition SLPP Parliamentarian Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie. These two dynamic leading female politicians returned to Sierra Leone on board Flight No. BA7567 in the night of October 18th 2009.


In this edition below are some of the October 9th to 18th 2009 Travel Itinerary Details of Haja Afsatu Kabba and Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie. There was also a return trip to California from New York (Oct 13th-15th, 2009) that was sponsored by a Sierra Leone Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs. Isatu Nwokedi-Timbo.


This latter trip to California followed Haja Afsatus Statement delivered on floor of United Nations on October 12th, 2009.


Meanwhile, the ACC has closed its case against Haja Afsatu Kabba as Franklyn Campbell was their final witness.

 

The ACC had earlier made another of their numerous errors in this saga when they attempted to call in an unlisted witness only for them to be upbraided, concede to their error and be allowed to file in papers for an additional witness as allowed by Hon. Justice Ademusu in his wisdom.

 

A total of sixteen witnesses in all have testified. Seven(7) of them, described as minor witnesses were not cross-examined by the Defence whilst the other Nine(9) of them were subjected to powerful cross-examinations by Lawyers Blyden Jenkins-Johnston Esq. and Yada Hashim Williams, Esq.

 

The Printed Itinerary of Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie and Hon. Haja Afsatu Kabba from October 9th 2009 until October 18th 2009

 

The Official United Nations Document showing the Statement read out by Haja Afsatu Kabba on October 12th 2009 on the floor of the United Nations

 

The JetBlue Airways ticket receipt of Afsatu Kabba from California to New York as she returned from a trip to California sponsored by Isatu Nwokedi-Timbo. She returned to New York at 6:30am on 15th October 2009

 

 

 

Afsatu Kabba's dated air ticket stubs


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