The defence team representing the Managing Editor of the Standard Times newspaper Philip Neville in the matter against the state, yesterday said before Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of court no3 that the paper has made corrections of the error which appeared in the June 27 publication surrounding the Libyan donated rice.
Lead counsel James Blyden Jenkins Johnston informed the court that the Standard Times publication attributed the statement about the gift from Libya to President Gadaffi of Libya instead of to President Kabbah.
He said the defence has sent to the office of the Attorney General copies of the papers retraction for the 2nd of July and Friday 6th July and the defence now awaits the actions of the Attorney General (AG) to both newspapers and letters.
He hoped by the next adjourned date they would have received a positive response so that the matter will be laid to rest finally.
Representing the Attorney General in court, Gerald J .Soyei said during previous hearings the defence team representing Phillip Neville undertook to provide draft copies of the retraction by the accused for the AG’s perusal before yesterday’s hearing.
State Counsel Soyei reported to the court that the AG did not receive the draft copies to enable him make up his mind up to the time he left the office for the proceedings.
In those circumstances he requested two weeks adjournment in readiness for a prescribed retraction and consequential action.
The defence said that they did not give an undertaken.
Lawyer Jenkins Johnston explained that what transpired between the accused and the prosecution was that they agreed that the retraction should be in the interest of all parties for the matter to be settled quietly without going into a full scale trial.
State Counsel Soyei responded that the prosecution appreciated the endeavour of the defence and that their expectation will vary directly with the satisfaction of the Attorney General and above all President Kabbah.
He also said the retraction itself should be submitted accordingly because of its seditious overtone.
The matter was adjourned to Wednesday 25