The Magistrate Court N0 1A that has been moved to the High Court chambers for the trial of 19 suspects and 3 others over the unlawful landing of a CESSNA Plane and the possession of arms and ammunition has left lawyers and the Magistrate at each other’s throat.
Addressing the court yesterday in the presence of the 17 suspects, Magistrate Deen Tarawalie expressed his disappointment and embarrassment over the walk- out of court by some of the Defense Counsels representing some of the accused persons during the trials.
“You lawyers walked out on myself not the court which does not augur well for the Justice system in the country” he lamented, and later urged some of the lawyers that walked out of court, to see reason and represent their clients, as it is their right to defend people despite their religious or racial back grounds.
Magistrate Tarawalie further said that J B Quee Roland Wright, Mustapha Turay and Easmon Ngaqui who were present at yesterday’s trial “will not be asked out of court, as they did previously to the court”.
Roland Wright and Theo Edwards on behalf of the “walk out” lawyers who were present in court expressed regret and apologized to the court and Magistrate Tarawalie for walking out of the court during the previous trial.
The Director of Public Prosecution Oladipo Robyn Mason told the court that the Defense Counsels on Tuesday 9th September 2008 applied to the High Court for bail of their two clients who are sick to be allowed to access a medical facility outside Pademba Road Prison and the case to be transferred to a new magistrate court.
Oladipo Robyn Mason further told the court that, the Defense Counsels are also asking for unhindered access to relevant documents that are related to the cocaine burst at the Freetown International Airport at Lungi on the 13th July 2008.
The DPP maintained that, court records are available for the defense counsels at any time they wish to have it, adding that the court does not object to access to files and other relevant documents relating to any case for defense lawyers.
Magistrate Deen Tarawalie told the court that, his court has not received any official notice to affect the appeal from the High Court as of yesterday’s trials.
Meanwhile 3 accused persons were later arraigned before the court, Ebenezer A Macauley, Abraham Manley and Mohamed Sannoh while JJ Sowei led the evidence on a prosecution witness Alieu Dalenkey a security officer attached to the Freetown International Airport Lungi and Easmon Ngaqui cross examined the witness.
All of the accused persons present in court were refused bail and the case was adjourned to the 17th September 2008.
By Saidu Bah