Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Wednesday 2nd October 2019, promised to discharge the former Member of Parliament of Constituency 093, Dauda Kallon, Former Deputy Minister of Health Zulaitu Cooper and 12 others if the prosecuting team failed to make any progress in the matter. The former APC MP along with 13 others were accused of throwing stones at police officers on 31st December 2018. They were arrested on the same day and charged with riotous conduct and throwing missiles around the APC headquarters in Brookfield’s. Counsel for the accused, Warra Serry Kamal applied for the matter to be discharged by Magistrate Bonnie. She cited Order 94 of No.32 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965, noting that when the prosecution team continuously absent himself from the proceedings, the Court has the opportunity to discharge such a matter. She said the accused have been charged and have been coming to Court for the past eight months, with little or no progress on the side of the prosecution.
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She added that due to such matters in Court the movement of the accused have been restricted, which has tremendous effect on the lives of the accused. “this matter ought to be discharged against this accused,” Warra said. As Counsel for the State was also absent, Magistrate Bonnie vowed to discharge the matter on the next adjourned date, if counsel for the State fail to make any progress in the matter. She cautioned all accused to make themselves available on the next adjourned date, and later adjourned the matter to 14 October 2019.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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