Lawyer James Blyden Jenkins-Johnston yesterday notified Justice Samuel Ademusu at the trial of Haja Afsatu Kabbah that they intend to invoke a new line of action against the witnesses’ lined up by the prosecution today.
He made this disclosure at the end of yesterday’s trial in which the first prosecution witness Abubakarr Jalloh informed the court under cross-examination by Lawyer Jenkins-Johnston that the accused Haja Afsatu Kabba was not a signatory to any of the five cheques that were withdrawn from the Central Bank.
Abubakarr Jalloh further informed the court that the account was opened in 2001 and when the lead counsel requested that he reveal the names of the signatory to the account he told the court that he could not recap their names while on the witness stand.
He however assured the court that he would furnish them with the authorized signatories to the accounts, while assuring Lawyer J.B. Jenkins-Johnston that he would do his utmost best to produce the statement of the accounts since 1991 to date.
With that assurance Justice Samuel Ademusu granted him leave for a week to secure the necessary documents.
It was at this stage when the presiding Judge requested from the prosecution about other witnesses that Lawyer Jenkins-Johnston notified the court about the line of action that would be invoked today.
Earlier the witness led by prosecutor Calvin Mantsebo narrated how the five cheques listed down as exhibit A1 to A5 were withdrawn from the Central Bank. He emphasized that exhibit A1 for the sum of Le160million was withdrawn through a special clearance request from the Union Trust Bank in the name of Yeale Enterprises on the 27th October 2009.
On the same day, he said, two other cheques were withdrawn through a cash request and made payable to Jina Missah, holder of Ministry of Finance identification card, while the following day, the witness went on, the same Jina Missah also presented two cheques for the sum of Le70m and requested cash payment.
The matter has been adjourned to Thursday when it is expected that the prosecutors will bring forth another set of witnesses.