Concord Times (Freetown)

19 February 2009

Sierra Leone: Justice Browne-Marke Warns Neville Lawyer

Freetown — The Barrister And Solicitor for the Former Acting President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Phillip Neville Has Been Warned By High Court Judge, Justice Nicolas Browne-Marke Over the Case Involving Three Members of the Association.

Speaking in open court yesterday, Justice Browne-Marke said lawyer Sulaiman Kabbah Koroma had used a flawed and wrong method and procedure to have three journalists arrested and detained.

In an earlier press release, SLAJ had stated that an intent to pervert the course of justice had been embarked upon by lawyer Kabbah Koroma on behalf of his client and with the connivance of some "crooked bailiffs and police personnel, to illegally secure a summons and a warrant of arrest" for Stanley Bangura and Abdul Charles, SLAJ chairperson and vice chair-north and Mohamed Kabba, an active member.

The association said that the reason for the warrant that the journalists would be difficult to bring to court was deceitful and the manner of securing the summons fraudulent.

The deputy assistant master and registrar, Shirley Coker reportedly complained to the consultant master and registrar, Julai Mensah that some lawyers, including Sulaiman Kabbah Koroma, were in the habit of circumventing the procedure in securing summons, the SLAJ press release states.

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