The high-stakes treason trial of Amadu Koita Makalu and eleven co-accused individuals took a crucial turn as Justice Komba Kamanda successfully empaneled a twelve-person jury to guide the proceedings.

In a meticulous process of jury selection, the accused initially rejected twenty-one potential jurors, finally agreeing on twelve individuals who will assist Justice Kamanda during the trial.

The accused, facing an array of charges including Treason, Misprision of Treason, Murder, and more, allegedly plotted to overthrow the government between November 5 and 26, 2023, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Notably, Amadu Koita Makolo and Mohamed Jalloh are charged with the murder of Corporal Kai Mondeh of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces on November 26, 2023, at Wilberforce Military Barracks in Freetown.

The trial also witnessed legal maneuvers, with the defense submitting health-related applications, and concerns raised about limited visitation time at Correctional Centres. The Defense lawyer for the eighth accused, Bai Mahmoud, presented a health-related application dated February 5, 2024, which the lead prosecutor, Ahmed Bockarie, noted had already been ruled on by the judge.

In a separate issue, defense lawyer Ady Macauley, representing the third accused, highlighted concerns about limited visitation time, emphasizing the accused persons’ right to family life, citing Section 23 of the 1991 constitution of Sierra Leone. The prosecution countered, arguing that family presence was unnecessary and that defense lawyers had visited the accused beyond scheduled times.

Justice Kamanda ruled in favor of the defense, asserting that denying lawyers access to their clients would lead to unnecessary delays. He granted an adjournment until Monday, February 12, 2024, and emphasized the importance of evidence regarding family visitation issues.

The upcoming treason trial is scheduled to be heard on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, marking a critical juncture in this high-profile legal battle.