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Setting Up Anti-Corruption for Ridicule Joseph Kamara Should Stem Insults of Judiciary
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Jul 1, 2011, 17:18
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The Honourable Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) of Sierra Leone, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara Esq., is our respected Sierra Leonean brother but he is currently setting up himself and his Institution, for some serious local and international ridicule with the verbal contents of what has recently been pouring out of his oral cavity against the Sierra Leone Judiciary. Before proceeding, let me correct my recent news report that the Alieu Sesay judgment was that of Hon. Justice Emmanuel Roberts. It was that of Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu which was merely read out by Justice Roberts since Justice Ademusu is currently the Chairman of the PPRC and could not sit on the Bench to read out the judgment. Let me also state the fact that the writer of the judgment, Hon. Ademusu has over 40 years experience in the Law and has worked in every strata of the Judiciary. Now to my points.

First of all, I cannot believe the attention-grabbing media blitz that Josie (as he is fondly known), has embarked upon lately as if there is no Spokesperson at the ACC. The Honourable Commissioner cannot be the Alpha and Omega of the ACC. Surely, the job description of the ACCs Spokesman does not include being browbeaten into silent submission by a publicity-grasping boss!

Secondly, our honourable brother, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara Esq., a Barrister of no mean repute, knows that if he has a problem with a judicial decision, it is totally unwarranted to take his issues to the media in a manner designed to subject the Bench to mockery. I cannot believe some of what has been falling out of his oral cavity against the Judiciary simply because he lost one case. As a legal prosecutor of long-standing, he knows that when a lawyer has a serious problem with judicial decisions, they take it back to the Law Courts and appeal to the higher aspects of the Judiciary. Sober and respected Barristers do not publicly rubbish the standing of the Judiciary and subject members of the Bench to mockery because a case did not go their way! Our honourable brother should rethink his current pursuit. Prosecutors should not go to court to win cases but to seek justice.

 


Barrister Joseph Kamara & the Head of the Judiciary

Thirdly, even a first year law student knows that any lawsuit has prosecution and defence aspects. The prosecution puts it case across and the defence counters on basis of law. Only one side can win. Either the Defence wins or the Prosecution wins. If it was only the Prosecution who should win all the time, then there will be no need to conduct a trial. If only the prosecution should win, then the minute the Prosecutors allege corruption, the Accused should be taken to prison cells and locked up without being given a chance to defend himself. However, because the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for all human beings to be provided with adequate defence in a criminal trial, there will always be a defence and a prosecution in any criminal trial.

Fourthly, Nasiru Deen Tejan-Cole Esq., who led Alieu Sesays Defence Team, is indisputably one of the finest criminal lawyers in contemporary Sierra Leone. I have personally consulted with him in the past and consider myself highly privileged that Pa Tejan-Cole remains always willing to hold educative discussions with me on any aspect of the Law I would be conducting research to write on. This is why I know from first-hand experience and from several generations of lawyers I have spoken to, that N.D. Tejan-Cole Esq., is a walking encyclopaedia and a genius of Criminal Law. This was clearly exhibited during the Alieu Sesay trial when Tejan-Coles legal prowess left spectators in total awe of his legal prowess. Who can ever forget his five days grilling of Thomas Koroma?

Fifthly, by calling on members of the public to conduct an in-depth look into the 75 paged Judgment by Justice Ademusu as read out by Justice Roberts, our dear brother Joseph Kamara should prepare himself for some serious embarrassment as the totally nonsensical aspects of his so-called 57-Counts case he brought against Alieu Sesay and the mans poor wife, will now all come tumbling out in the full glory of their nonsensical state of submission.

Finally, as far as many are concerned, the main reason why a fine gentleman and Sierra Leonean patriot like Alieu Sesay was hounded is because he did not dance to the corrupt tune of certain arrogant British fellows who have been allowed to act in our country like some sort of White Colonial Masters whom certain house slaves were in too much of a hurry to please!!!! Nonsense!

Bottom-line, if I were Joseph Kamara, I would cease the unwarranted attacks on the entire Judiciary. The honourable Commissioner should start acting like a Barrister worth his salt. He should stem the insults and innuendoes dropping out of his oral cavity against the Judiciary. If he desires to appeal the Judgment as he has hinted he would, he should go ahead and do just that but let him do so with dignity as a trained lawyer by filing documented legal arguments. Let him leave the work of spinning and speaking to the ACC Spokesman. Let Josie now start to act more like a Lawyer and less like a Politician flapping his mouth all over the place. Our honourable brother should henceforth keep his mouth firmly shut on this issue than allow the unpleasant debate he has initiated to boomerang and come back to haunt him in disgrace.


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