|Margai: Might Sue APC Spokesman for both Criminal Libel and Civil Damages
Full Text of last Friday’s letter to APC Government Spokesman from PMDC Leader’s Law Firm follows below. Meanwhile, in tomorrow’s edition, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Socio-Political Commentator, will give an Analysis of the LEGAL implications of the subtle messages hidden within the Letter for both H.E. President Koroma and Information Minister, Alhaji the Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo. DON’T MISS TOMORROW’S EDITION!
C.F. Margai & Associates (Banta Chambers)40 Rawdon Street, Freetown / 6 Bojon Street, Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
C.F. MARGAI ESQ.
ROBERT B. KOWA ESQ.
Mr. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo,
Minister of Information and Communications,
October 1st 2010
Dear Mr. Kargbo,
A programme aired over Universal Radio F.M.98.7 on Thursday 30th September, 2010, referred to a statement allegedly made by you and referable to Mr. Charles Francis Margai, a Barrister-At-Law and Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (P.M.D.C) which words were clearly defamatory of Mr. Margai in the following terms:-
1. Mr. Margai is in the habit of black mailing whenever he needs money.
2. The President (meaning President Ernest Bai Koroma) has given Mr. Margai huge sums of money for the P.M.D.C. party which he did not account for.
3. The President is annoyed with Mr. Margai because of his lack of Accountability to the party.
4. Mr. Margai is the Lawyer for Cellcom a very corrupt Mobile Company in whose favour Mr. Margai wanted us to corruptly compromise our policies; when we refused he was annoyed.
You jolly well know that all of the above were and are false. Nevertheless, you chose to take the risk because you had to say something in defence of an address by Mr. Margai to his party supporters in Kenema alleging corruption in the A.P.C. government.
May we draw your attention to Section 119(1)&(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008; in particular lines four (4) commencing with the words "and thereafter not later than 31st March in each succeeding year he is a public officer, deposit further declarations of his income, assets and liabilities."
By reason of your irresponsible and malicious utterance, our client’s character has been unjustifiably defamed and therefore demands that:-
1. you are to furnish us with facts supportive of your outburst.
2. you render an unqualified apology preceded by a retraction using the same channel of communication.
The above demand to be complied with within two weeks from [today’s] date, failing which, you will have yourself to blame.
We are not certain if the statement in question was made by you for and on behalf of the A.P.C. party or on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone?
Please be under no illusion that Section 48(4) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No.6 of 1991 does not extend beyond the President.
A word to the wise is quite sufficient!
C.F. Margai & Associates
1. Secretary-General A.P.C.
2. Secretary-General P.M.D.C.
3. Awareness Times Newspaper
4. SLAJ President
5. Mr. Christo Johnson
6. Universal Radio, F.M. 98.7.
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