Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of the Pademba Road Magistrate Court No. 1 on Monday 16 December 2019 adjourned the alleged riotous conduct matter involving the former Deputy minister of Health and Sanitation II Zuliatu Cooper, former APC Member of Parliament Hon. Dauda Kallon and 12 other APC party supporters till next year 2020. The accused were arraigned on four counts ranging from riotous conduct, disorderly behavior, throwing missiles and threatening languages, all contrary to various sections of the Public Order Act of 1965. The fourteen accused persons were arrested in December 2018 and made their first appearance before the then Principal Magistrate, Santigie Bangura on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019. The other accused persons include Abu Bakarr Kamara, Alusine Jalloh, Alie Sillah, Memunatu Bangura, and Umu Barrie. They were initially denied bail and sent to the main Correctional Centre but, during their second appearance on January 2019 were eventually granted bail in the sum of Le 100 million each. When Magistrate Hannah Bonnie took over the matter, she granted the application made inter alia by Counsel for the Defense to allow the Deputy Minister of Health, Zuliatu Cooper to seek medical attention abroad. It is now 12 months since the alleged riotous conduct matter was charged to the magistrate Court, and up to date, the matter is still at the Lower Court, after over 10 adjournments taken either by counsel for the State or that of the Defense. Magistrate Bonnie has adjourned the matter to 14th January 2020 because of the absence of witnesses.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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