From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Attorney General versus Sanda Magbolonto Interests?
By Augustine Samba
Jun 11, 2010, 17:12

One of the countryís top State Lawyers, Gerald Soyei Esq. on Wednesday 9th June 2010 prevailed on Magistrate Mrs. Tonia Barnet of Magistrate Court No. 5 to enter in a nolle prosequi and strike off the criminal matter that hinges around the aged Paramount Chief and subjects of Sanda Magbolotor Chiefdom in the Port Loko District which is currently under proceedings at the Freetown Magistrate Court. Lawyer Soyei claimed his leave for the application was from a fiat by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Serry-Kamal but this demand of the State Counsel was vehemently rejected by Prosecuting Associate Lawyer John Kebbie who acted swiftly to represent the complainants in the absence of their lawyer Elvis Kargbo Esq.

Lawyer Kebbie insisted that if the request was made by the Attorney General, the State Counsel should produce an authentic document stating so but it appears he went to the courts without any such documented fiat.

Interestingly, Lawyer Soyei also made an application for the matter to be taken to be handled by the Port Loko Judiciary as Sanda Magbolontor Chiefdom fell within the Port Loko jurisdiction but the Magistrate turned down that application.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused Memuna Bundu, Mr. Socrates, who doubles as the treasuring clerk, Hassan Colar Kamara, Osman Tolo Kamara, Ya Konie Kamara, Yussuf Neneh Kamara and Adikalie Kamara on 4th May 2010 at Gbaneh Loko Village in Sanda Magbolotor Chiefdom, Port Loko Judicial District in the Northern province, assaulted, behaved in a riotous manner and published false defamatory matter in the form of spoken words and unlawfully intimidated the complainants.

As a result of all this, the accused persons were charged on 6-Count charges ranging from Threatening Language Contrary to Section 3(1) of Public Order Act of 1965, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm contrary to Section 47 of the Offence against Person Act of 1861, Riotous Conduct contrary to Section 12(1) of Public Order Act, Robbery with violence, Defamatory Libel contrary to Section 26 of Public Order Act and Intimidation which is also Contrary to Section 4(1) of Public Order Act of 1965.

The accused were brought to court under a Bench Warrant but the Magistrate granted a bail of Three Million Leones each whilst the application for a nolle prosequi of the matter will be reconsidered at the next adjourned date of 18th June 2010.

© Copyright 2005, Freetown, Sierra Leone.