Ernest Bai Koroma Heads For Supreme Court
After making their third appearance yesterday on behalf of Former President Ernest Bai Koroma, his lawyer has intimated the three Appeal Court Judges that they have to go to the Supreme Court for Constitutional interpretation in their client’s case.
The Legal Team of the former President which is led by the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara said this before Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens, Justice Adrian Fisher and Justice Ivan Sesay the Presiding Judge, after the appeal matter of the former president was mentioned.
Even though Lawyer J.F.Kamara is yet to move the application before the three Learned judges but the erudite lawyer said it is something that touches on the immunity of the former Head of State, and requires the attention of the highest Court of the land.
As a result of that, the Commission of Inquiry appeal matter was immediately adjourned by Justice Ivan Sesay to Monday 19th July 2021 in order for the Appellant Counsel to make the necessary application before them.
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Recall that in 2019, three commissions of inquiry investigated the assets of vice presidents, ministers and heads of government agencies who served along with Koroma in the administration from 2007 to 2018.
The commission found Koroma wanting on several corruption allegations relating to his salaries, pension and income on investments which they claimed “far exceeds his total emoluments and legitimate earnings”.
The commission made several recommendations, among which were the forfeiture of properties to the state, the refund of monies allegedly misappropriated, while some issues were to be sent to the Anti-Corruption Commission for further investigation.
The government accepted most of the recommendations from the commissions of inquiry, except the one to ban Persons of Interest from holding public office and political activities.