Henry Smith, the fourth prosecution witness in the trial between the Standard Times’ managing editor Phillip Neville against the Inspector General of police, yesterday said in court that the Libyan leader did not say anything about the donations he gave to Sierra Leone.
Led in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecution, Oladipo Robin Mason, the witness told the court that he was at the National Stadium during the visit of Col Gadaffi and heard the speeches by various speakers. The witness, who was the cameraman, recalled President Kabbah trying to explain what the Libyan leader did for the country.
When he was crossed examined by the defense lawyer, Jenkins Johnston Jnr, whether he could remember some of the words President Kabbah said, the witness mentioned about the two ship loads of rice, water bowzers, tractors, buses and a million dollars cheque.
The prosecution called up their fifth witness, the exhibits clerk detective police Constable 4512 Nathaniel Carlton Williams attached to the exhibits store at CID headquarters.
He informed the court about receiving two recorded mini video cassettes and one recorded audio cassette from the detectives.
The defence lawyer objected that the exhibits could not be properly tendered by the witness as he did not know what they contained and that the evidence was not made public.
But state counsel, Gerald J. Soyei, replied that it was legal for the exhibits clerk to tender evidence in court.
Soyei further submitted that when once the foundation was laid by the witness in connection with the cassettes they could be accepted in evidence even before they were tested on the grounds of principle and that the court would be at liberty to reconsider admissibility of evidence though could be exercised cautiously.
Magistrate Shyllon ruled that the witness tender the exhibits since they had been in his custody which made him the competent person to do so.
The matter comes up next Tuesday.