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In Sierra Leone, ACC Fails Again in Prosecution of Afsatu Kabba
Jul 16, 2010, 17:16
Prosecutors of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) have once again failed to undertake an expected effort during their ongoing prosecution of one of the country’s most dynamic and highly popular female politicians, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba, the former Minister of Fisheries. Last Friday July 9th 2010, the Honourable Justice Samuel Ademusu ordered for the prosecutors of the ACC to prepare a written submission of their Closing Arguments in the corruption trial of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba by middle of this week, before the adjourned date of today July 16th 2010 when the Prosecution is expected to make their oral submissions as to why their case against Haja Afsatu Kabba should result in a conviction. Unfortunately, for reasons best known to them, the ACC Prosecutors as of last evening, were yet to submit the written Closing Arguments to the Courts or to the Defence Lawyers as had been ordered by the learned Honourable Judge.
It will be recalled that in the matter of the Lilian Lisk case against Haja Afsatu Kabba which is now lying on file, the Court had ordered for Bundle of Evidence and Witness Statements to be served on the Accused but this was never done only for the Prosecution to make an application to Hon. Justice Browne-Marke for the 17-Counts case to become ‘lies on file’. Once again in this second matter of a 7-Count case, the ACC Prosecutors have failed to live up to the expectations of the Honourable High Court of Sierra Leone.
It will be recalled that at the last adjourned date, Defence Lawyers had told the Court that based on the “evidence” adduced during evidence-in-chief and cross-examination of Prosecution Witnesses, the Defence saw no need for them to bring forward any witness or evidence as Defence. As a result, the Honourable Judge had made the orders for the written and oral Closing arguments.
The matter should come up today at the Law Courts when it is expected that Haja Afsatu Kabba will faithfully turn up at the Courts in her usual humble manner so far, to continue to face the bitter humiliation of being placed in a criminal dock but with her head held up high. It is a fact that her distinguished and sedate comportment throughout the trial, has won her even more admirers than she had before the trial commenced. Many observers have been bowled over by her distinguished manner of carrying herself as a true Sierra Leone Woman of Substance.
“In the face of tremendous odds and terrible lies written against her in newspapers, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba has shown us grace and exhibited a worthy stature which should make all women of Sierra Leone proud that we have such a Role Model in our midst,” said Haja Gbessay Turay, the sister of His Excellency High Commissioner Eddie Turay in London.
For Haja Yealie, the Chairlady of Guard Street Marketwomen, she could not help but express her dismay yesterday at a local tabloid which accused Haja Afsatu Kabba’s supporters of having witch-guns and having attacked Abdul Tejan-Cole’s residence.
“Awareness Times investigations proved that no-one went to Abdul Tejan-Cole’s residence so I do not know why newspapers are still lying and lying about something that never happened,” Haja Yealie said in an upset mood. She continued to explain further about the position of grassroots women insofar as the insults thrown against Haja Afsatu Kabba by the Foreign Minister’s Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay.
“As for Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura, she is my own niece from Yonibana, Tonkolili but I was one of the women who stormed in front of her offices with placards because she allowed her Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay to call Haja Afsatu Kabba as a political bigot when Haja Afsatu did him no wrong. That insult by Abdulai Bayraytay, we could not take lying down so we the grassroots women went to warn Zainab Bangura that she should remember that she was merely enjoying the labours of Haja Afsatu Kabba whom she was now calling a bigot,” Haja Yealie from Yonibana explained.
Awareness Times will bring you the report of what transpired in the Courts today in our next edition.
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