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COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Halloway Saga! Can ACC help Bar Association?
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, OOR (By Popular Demand)
Aug 20, 2015, 17:14

Initially, I had assumed the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) could help Sierra Leone Bar Association in the latter’s quest to blatantly whitewash an infamous member of Judiciary, Allan B. Halloway. My thinking was the Bar could demand for ACC to issue a PUBLIC NOTICE (to be gazetted of course!) which will say ACC now confesses there was absolutely no substance in allegation against Halloway that got him arrested six years ago like a criminal, dragged out of his Law Courts private chambers (room) in full view of public, then frog-marched to ACC for allegedly soliciting and accepting Le500,000 cash from a female litigant to swing a court case he was presiding over.


However, on second thoughts, I realize that nothing can ever really whitewash the allegations of corruption and roguery hovering around Allan B. Halloway.

 

Why do I say this?

 

Well, let us leave aside ACC’s allegations of soliciting and accepting a bribe. If we are to go by version published by Independent Observer newspaper on Halloway’s behalf for years now and which Halloway has never disputed, then we can conclude that Judge Halloway possesses poor judgment and low moral character which does not deserve to be seated on our sacred Judiciary.

 

According to Independent Observer newspaper of June 9th 2009, a female litigant who was having a matter in front of Judge Allan B. Halloway “was of the suspicion that Halloway was delaying judgment in the matter which was to have come up again yesterday” [June 8th 2009]. “So prior to the court sittings” Independent Observer continues, the lady “visited him in his Chambers at the Law Court Building and their conversation ended with her leaving on the Judge’s table an envelope containing money”.

 

According to Independent Observer, just as the lady was walking out of the Judge’s private room, ACC Officers entered the room, arrested him and seized the envelope with money left by the lady on the Judge’s table.

 

Now, I want my readers to take note: the Judge and the Litigant ALONE inside the Judge’s Chambers. Halloway does not deny this. What Halloway denies is asking & getting a bribe from the female litigant during time together - Judge and a Woman sat all alone inside judge’s private chambers.

 

So the question is whether a judge of required high moral rectitude will entertain in his private Chambers, a litigant in a matter he was directly presiding over?

 

I submit that if indeed, like Halloway’s friends at Independent Observer are claiming, the alleged rogue judge had inside his private chambers, a female litigant in a matter he was presiding over, held a private conversation with the woman that ended with her leaving money on his table, then Halloway should NOT be allowed to continue to preside over cases at the Judiciary.

 

Therefore if the above claims by Halloway’s friends at Independent Observer are true, then the answer to the question is: ACC will not be able to help the Bar Association to clean corruption filth off Halloway’s persona.

 

What all this means for credibility of Judiciary is sad – very sad. It means in Sierra Leone Judiciary, it is acceptable for a judge to entertain in his Chambers, litigants in court matters that the judge is presiding over. So Shameful.


Reproduced with Expressed Quotes: First Published 25 June 2015



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