From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kenema Lawyer Says Judiciary Not in Shambles
By Sylvia O. Blyden
Aug 10, 2010, 17:12

Lawyer Abdul M. Bangurah, Legal Practitioner in Kenema District has yesterday spoken to Awareness Times on the phone to denounce the front page attack on the Honourable Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh as carried by a certain local tabloid with the headline of ‘Judiciary in Shambles’.

 

He most strongly denied ever giving an interview to any journalist from that particular tabloid and firmly stated that whilst he was trying to bring to the notice of the Chief Justice some constraints faced by legal practitioners in the Provinces, he could not denounce the Chief Justice.


“The Judiciary is not in shambles so how will I say it is in shambles? Infact, I never granted an interview to any journalist in which I made those comments against the Chief Justice as reported by that newspaper,” Lawyer Bangura asserted over the phone although he accepted that he indeed wrote the accompanying published Letter to the Honorable Chief Justice. He pointed out that to buttress his claim of commendation for the Chief Justice, a close perusal of the contents of the letter belies the supposed words put in his mouth by the tabloid in the accompanying article.


“If you take one look at the contents of my Letter published, you will realize that my focus was not on the Chief Justice but on the immediate superiors of the Registrars and Bailiffs. If anything, my position inside the published letter is one of commendation for the efforts of the Chief Justice to decentralize the functions of judicial staff,” Lawyer Bangura lamented adding that, “the letter was not even for public consumption”.


However, the author of the article, a local journalist in Kenema also yesterday spoke to this writer on the phone during which he insisted to Awareness Times that he indeed conducted such an interview with the Lawyer in Kenema.


“He is only now trying to deny what he said to me,” Fayia Amara Fayia insisted.


Whatever the case might be, the Kenema Lawyer is now strongly denying that the Judiciary is in shambles even as he confirms that attention needs to be paid to certain provincial constraints such as the absence of a Notary Public throughout the entire Provinces and the inability of Provincial Bailiffs and Court Registrars to execute their duties in a fully decentralized fashion.



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