From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba’s Matter Adjourns for Judgment
By Aruna Turay and Dauda Koroma
Jul 23, 2010, 18:54

The curtain on the almost half a year long alleged “corruption” matter between the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Ex-Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource Haja Afsatu Kabba is slowly dropping down. The over five month long matter that had been going on in the high court of Sierra Leone will surely be concluded on its next as-yet-unannounced adjourned date. This disclosure was made on Thursday 22nd July 2010 by the presiding Judge of the matter, Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu in court.


Prior to this adjournment, the Anti Corruption Commission prosecutors had asked for more time to be able to submit their Closing Arguments beyond the first date designated by the Judge. The request had been granted by Justice Ademusu leading to the ACC finally submitting their Closing Arguments in Open Court yesterday morning. Following this, the Defense Team of the accused Afsatu Kabba led by Blyden Jenkins-Johnston and Yada Hashim Williams, asked for another day to prepare a supplementary response to the Closing Arguments of the ACC which was also granted by Justice Ademusu. Since all the Closing submissions were done in writing and not orally in court, the supplementary Response to the ACC’s Closing Arguments will be filed in writing at the Law Courts this morning.

 

Before the close of yesterday’s session, spectators were treated to some fireworks between opposing lawyers with the lawyers representing Haja Afsatu Kabba, leaving very little stones unturned as they generously described their perceptions of the inadequacies of the ACC’s Lead Prosecutor Mantsebo, to practice Law.



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