Defence counsel in the trial of former Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba, Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh yesterday asked the presiding judge Justice Samuel Ademusu for an adjournment after the second prosecution witness raised some pertinent issues in his testimony.
The protected witness identified five cheques marked as exhibits A 1-5 which had earlier been tendered in court by the first witness Abubakarr Jalloh from the Bank of Sierra Leone.
He stated that he prepared all the five cheques with instruction from his boss.
The witness reiterated that the first cheque A1 of Le160 million was paid to a contractor of Yeane enterprises.
The other cheques exhibit A2 of Le35 Million, third A 3 again Le35 Million, A4 of Le30 Million and A5 of Le 40 Million were paid in cash.
Led in evidence by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Prosecutor Calvin Mantsebo, he testified that before preparing those cheques he received instruction from his immediate boss that the accused needed Le300 Million for State House.
The witness also told the court that he told his boss that the Le300 Million is too much. He further testified that he was also instructed by his boss to break the money into smaller units.
Asked how he prepared all the cheques, he said he raised vouchers, authorized by his immediate and superior bosses.
The witness maintained that after he cashed cheques A1-3 (totaling Le230 Million) he took it to the contractors Yeane enterprises after which they drove to Parliament where the alleged accused person was.
He explained that the following day he cashed cheques A4-5 of Le70 Million and handed over the money to his immediate Boss.
Lawyer Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh made his application at this stage stating: “We need to confide with our clients before we continue with cross examination”
Justice Samuel Ademusu granted the application and the matter comes up today.
By Abibatu Kamara