Newly appointed Freetown High Court Judge, Justice Alusine Sesay, on Friday at his chamber, said he was not answerable to the Attorney General or the Ombudsman.
The Judge made this statement in relation to a letter written and addressed to him by Sylvia Blyden, the proprietress of the Awareness Times newspaper, copied to the Attorney General and Ombudsman.
Justice Sesay said the content of the letter addressed to him was contemptuous and therefore needed to treat the case according to the law as no one was above the law.
During the trial in the judge’s chamber, Sylvia Blyden pleaded for mercy and her lawyer, Mustapha Turay, also joined his client to beg the judge not to detain the proprietress.
After hearing their pleas, the Judge ordered Ms. Bylden’s arrest and said she should be under the custody of police in the court. It will be recalled that Sylvia Blyden was escorted to court by police officers on a bench warrant issued by the judge.
The warrant was being enforced since May 22 but the proprietress was on her heels, but her luck ran out and she was arrested by the police in her office and dragged to court.