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Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu’s Defence alleges Ill Motive of 5th Witness
Jun 28, 2010, 12:45

Lawyer Blyden Jenkins Johnston Esq., Lead Defence Counsel for Haja Afsatu Kabba has alleged to the Courts that there was an ill motive behind the testimony of some of the ACC’s Witnesses. According to documents tendered in Court, the fifth prosecuting witness, who was also the Technical head of the Ministry, had been seriously queried by Haja Afsatu Kabba on 12th February 2010 which was why the Defense is alleging the Anti Corruption Commission was used as a tool by conspirators to remove Haja Afsatu Kabba with an Invitation Letter dated as soon as Haja Afsatu Kabba uncovered a serious fraudulent activity in the office involving the boats of Madam Lilian Lisk.

According to Haja Afsatu Kabba’s lawyer, all the charges that the ACC proceeded to bring against her were all cooked up as a means to get her out of the office since she had been adamant that Fish Magnate Lilian Lisk’s boats were to do the correct things to be licensed as well as she had shut down all the outlets via which leakage of Government revenue had been passed through such as via un-necessary annual discounts to Lilian Lisk to the tune of hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars.

At the start of 2010, Blyden Jenkins Johnston revealed to the Courts that Haja Afsatu Kabba refused to use her discretion to grant these needless discounts to Lilian Lisk and it was following fruitless but repeated attempts by persons to get her to sway her firm stance that she was summoned to the Anti Corruption Commission by the erstwhile Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole. The Witness agreed with the Defense that if she had swayed and granted the concessions to Lilian Lisk, the Government would have lost an initial amount of almost US$250,000.00 which was what used to happen with her predecessor ministers over the years.

The documents tendered by Blyden Jenkins-Johnston, showed the Witness being queried seriously in writing by Haja Afsatu Kabba in which her lawyer read out in Open Court the section where she wrote that she was "quite surprised" that the correct approach and procedures for licensing had not been followed. She thus demanded an explanation "within 24 hours".

That Letter with the serious Query was issued on Friday February 12th 2010 and she was invited to the Anti Corruption Commission on Tuesday February 16th 2010 during which interregnum, the Fifth Prosecution Witness had pleaded with her in a written response for Minister Afsatu Kabba to "forgive" him for attempting to have her oversight the discrepancies and issue licenses to boats that did not deserve to be given licenses.

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