Justice Ivan Sesay, Justice Momoh Jah Steven, Justice Adrian Fisher, and Appeal Court Judges have expressed their displeasure over the negligence of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Secretariat to deliver transcripts and exhibits for over 45 COI appeal cases.

Justice Ivan Sesay, speaking in court said the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice should write the COI Secretariat urging the transcripts and exhibits for the over 45 appeal cases that are currently in court.

He said the COI Secretariat failed to produce those transcripts, and the people responsible should be investigated and charged in court.

According to Justice Adrian Fisher, billions of Leones were spent on the COI process and it is very bad for certain people at the secretariat to just handpick certain cases and provide no transcript for other matters.

After the publication of the White Paper, the government decided to establish the three Commissions of Inquiry to inter alia, examine the assets and other related matters in respect of persons who were president, vice presidents, ministers, ministers of state, and deputy ministers; and heads and chairmen of boards of parastatals, departments, and agencies within the period from November 2007 to April 2018.     

For the sake of transparency, it was recommended that all the proceedings of the inquiry should be fully covered and reported by journalists, aired live on television and also be recorded by the secretariat.

According to Lawyer Ade Macauley, who is representing the former president, they have engaged the COI Secretariat severally to see how they could access transcripts of their clients’ COI proceedings, but to no avail.

He said they have also gone to the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster that provided full-time coverage of the proceedings, but that they were still not provided with the recordings.