As Samura Kamara Makes 1st Appearance, Justice Fisher Warns Lawyers

Hon. Justice Adrian J. Fisher on Tuesday 14th December, 2021 in no uncertain terms warned legal representatives of all accused and the prosecution to desist forthwith from making any statement that would politicise the court of law.

“This is not the court of politics,” the no-nonsense Judge warned, “We do not practice politics here.” Hon. Justice Adrian Fisher sounded the warning following a concern raised by the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Lead Prosecutor, Calvin T. Mantsebo, who rejected to the representation of Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara Esq. as one of the legal representatives of Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, the 2018 presidential candidate of the erstwhile ruling APC.

The ACC’s Lead Prosecutor argued that JFK Esq. is a potential additional witness for the prosecution.

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The Satellite reported that, Hon. Justice Fisher stood down to rule on whether it is legal, ethical or moral for JFK to continue his representation or be restrained.

After 15 minutes, the court resumed and the Judge ruled in favour of JFK, referencing the Sierra Leone Legal Practitioners Act No, 47 of 2000.

Six persons, Saidu Nallo, Foday Vahfomba Bawoh, Adikali Foday Suma, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, Dr. Kandeh Foday Bassil Kamara and Jules Sanders Davies are standing trial for a total of 48 counts of corruption offences contrary to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2008 as amended in 2009.

All but the 5th and the 6th accused were present in court. The 5th accused was however represented by the Counsel. Bail wad granted to all four accused submitted for bail to be granted to all four as follows: Le2billion bail each with two sureties each with landed property in the Western Area of Freetown; all accused to surrender their travelling documents to the Master Registrar; and not to conduct any interview with the press or engage the social media on the said matter.

The matters comes up again on Wednesday 5th January, 2022.

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