APC Karamoh Kabba, others get 100m bail
SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Pademba Road Court No. 1 on Tuesday 21st December granted bail in the sum of Le 100 million Leones each to the National Organizing Secretary of the main opposition, All People’s Congress Party (APC) and others after they were charged in connection with illegal assembly, inciting statement and intimidation of a police officer.
The decision to grant bail came after the lead defense counsel, lawyer Sahr Fomba renewed a bail application he had earlier made in court.
After the bail plea, Magistrate Kekura admonished the accused persons to keep the peace, noting that they have right to express their opinion, but must do so within the ambit of the law. He added that the offences for which they are before the Court are mere allegations, but maintained that they must keep the peace.
He therefore admitted them to bail in the sum of Le 100 million each, plus one surety in like sum. He said the surety must reside in the Western Area and must produce a valid identity card. He adjourned the matter to the 28th December 2021.
According to the indictment, Aruna Idrissa Fofanah, Francis Morlai Kamara, Aminata Kamara, Kumba Gibrilla, Kadija Bangalie, Isatu Jalloh, Salamatu Dumbuya, Fatu Conteh, Mariama Kamara, Fatmata Bangura, Karamoh Kabba, on Monday 13th December 2021, at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, conspired together with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit, unlawful assembly.
Police also alleged that these accused persons, on the same date and place unlawfully assembled with intent to commit a felony. Police furthered that these accused persons, did compel Assistant Superintendent of Police George Momoh, Inspector Sheka Ganda, to abstain from doing their job as police officers of the Sierra Leone Police Force did wrongfully and without legal authority intimidated the aforementioned police officers.
Police also alleged that these accused persons at the same place and time, did use certain inciting statements to commit a breach of the peace.
In this circumstance, police slammed five counts charges of riotous conduct contrary to Section 12 of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965, unlawful assembly contrary to law, incitement contrary to law, intimidation contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965.
First prosecution witness, Inspector Sheka Gandi, attached at the Operations Division, Central Police Station, said he recognized all the accused persons in the dock.
He recalled that on Monday 13th December 2021, he was on duty at the Central Police Station when his boss, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), George Momoh told him that he received a call in respect of the alleged offence.
Gandi continued that upon hearing that he left the station for the alleged crime scene at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown. Gandi said he made efforts to convince the accused persons to return home, noting that they hadn’t any permit to stage a protest, but to no avail.
“The Operations Officer at Central also pleaded with them to leave the crime scene, but they blatantly refused, rather they say somebody must die. We tried to dispatch them and some left the scene, but others stood their grounds. 14 of those who stood their grounds were arrested and are now before the Court,” he said.
During cross-examination, by lead defense counsel, lawyer Fomba, the witness confirmed that the crime scene is a busy area where many people gather on a daily basis, adding that the police did a random arrest. SKS/22/12/2021
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