The Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Oladipo Robin Mason has made it clear in court that he cannot find sufficient evidence to further prosecute the 13th accused Badara Allieu Tarawallie and 14th accused Ebenezer Adetunji Macauley who are both facing trial on two counts charges of Accessory Before the Fact and Misprision of Felony contrary to law. He made this statement on Saturday 14th March while responding to the defense argument.
Lawyer representing the 13th and 14th accused, L.F Edwards argued that his client the 13th accused acted based upon instructions that was given to him by the former Minister of Transport and Aviation, Kemoh Sesay that they should allow the cocaine plane to land at Lungi Airport. Series of exhibits were tendered in court and a total of Forty Nine (49) witnesses were led in testimony by the DPP before he concluded his prosecution on Friday 13th March at the High Court.
Defence lawyer representing the 4th accused, Roland Wright argued that his client, Mohamed Bashir Sesay who was charged with Accessory Before the Fact and Misprision of Felony contrary to law should not be charged with the offence of former (Accessory Before the Fact). He further added that the prosecution did not give any evidence or exhibit to prove that his client gave command to anyone or abetted anyone to commit a felony.
Other lawyers representing some of the accused persons include: Sulaiman Kabba Koroma for the 5th accused, Hassan Karim Mansaray, Manly-Spain for the 6th accused, Patrick Moriba Johnson, and Easmond N’Gakui for the 12th accused Ibrahim Mohamed Manley. All defense lawyers argued against the charges their clients were charged with by making references to different Sections of the Constitution of Sierra Leone and the National Drug Act.
The Director of public prosecution in his response told the court that the witnesses in the testimonies were able to show that the said accused persons did take part in the offences for which they are charged.
Presiding judge Justice Nicholas Brown Mark is expected to make a ruling today at the High Court to determine the fate of Seventeen accused persons that were charged with six counts indictment relating to the importation of unlawful drug contrary to Section 8 of the National Drug Act of Sierra Leone.