Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The legal proceedings between the State and Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, along with five other individuals, resumed yesterday at the High Court before Justice Adrian Fisher. Saidu Nallo, the first accused, continued his testimony in the presence of his co-accused, Samura Kamara.
At the onset of the proceedings, Lawyer B. Koroma, representing the second accused, expressed apologies to the court for his client’s absence. He clarified that his client had been granted leave by the court to seek medical attention in the United Kingdom due to diabetes. Lawyer Koroma assured the court of his consistent presence and apologized profusely for his client’s nonattendance.
In response, Justice Fisher acknowledged the medical situation but emphasized that the second accused, next in line to testify, should make an effort to attend the court proceedings.
Lawyer C. T. Matesbo recalled that on October 25, 2023, the court had granted an order for the second accused to travel to England for medical attention, with the condition to be present in court on November 15. Matesbo urged adherence to the court’s directives.
Lawyer B. Koroma pledged to ensure his client’s prompt appearance in court.
Continuing with his testimony, Saidu Nallo, former Head of the Chancery from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2018, shared insights into the Chancery Project’s management. He explained that the project was micro-managed from the Freetown Headquarters by the Technical Teams of the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, and Works.
Under questioning by Lawyer Pa Momoh Fofanah, Nallo clarified that the Chancery Project was micro-managed, and decisions were made at the Freetown Headquarters, governed by the law of New York. He emphasized that during his tenure, no contracts were awarded to Fear Field Construction Company.
Nallo identified various documents, including memos and correspondences, demonstrating the Ministry’s involvement in the Chancery project. He highlighted the requests for additional floors and site monitoring for the Chancery Building.
The matter was adjourned for today, promising further revelations in this ongoing case. MJB/7/12/2023