Former minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Dr Harry Nelson Will, says he plans to sue former President Kabbah to the Supreme Court for unlawfully accusing him of conspiring to defraud the then SLPP government in August 1999.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday Dr Harry Will lamented how he was arrested and detained by Tejan Kabbah in August 1999 with his director general Lamin Feika and a business man Alhaji Abubaker Kakay for conspiracy to defraud the government of $1.35million meant to supply 1000 tons of multiplication seeds to farmers nationwide.
He intimated that the matter was rushed to court without proper investigation hence the strides taken by the prosecution to continue with the investigation particularly in Ghana and Ivory Coast while the matter was in court, and several attempt were made to amend the charges.
Mr Will added that a special bill was prepared for speedy trial in a matter which lasted for over eight years, noting further that the initial urgency and long delays afterwards raised some fundamental legal questions to the indictment.
“However due to wrong executive decisions primarily for personal and selfish rather than national reasons, taking someone to court for performing designed duty has serious implications for the public service,” he stated.
Dr Will also mentioned that despite the long delay the Appeal Court Judge recently gave a verdict that cleared him and Mr Feika of corruption charges.
Concluding, Dr Will cited the psychological, physical, and financial impacts of the case on him and Mr Feika and their families, which he said had been devastating and during the tenure of the case it deprived him opportunities to work abroad and also contribute to development of the country.