By A Special Reporter-(Freetown,SierraLeone)….
Reports coming from the Law Courts in Freetown, Sierra Leone indicate that Mr Alie Kabba was seen l to face the charges of bigamy and unlawful marriage levied against him by Lady Finda Diana Konomanyi, the Local Government Minister in President Koroma’s APC government in Sierra Leone.
As Mr Ali Kabbah entered the court, he received a standing ovation from his supporters and well wishers.
Among those present were his lawyer, Dr Abass Bundu, Chief Karpen of the SLPP, Kanja Sesay, Alie Kabba For President Team and the like.
Mr. Kabba’s case was called up by the Magistrate but Diana’s lawyer was not present. Mr Allie Kabba’s lawye then asked for the statement of complaint filed in by Lady Diana Konomanyi, but there was no formal or written complaint before the Magistrate. People in the court murmured.
The presiding magistrate,Mohamed Seray Wurie, then warned her to present the said file. She quickly left the court with a prosecuting police officer to quickly prepare and present a written statement. The atmosphere in the court was much confused, as people eyed each other and shook their heads.
“If that is true that there was not a prepared court file or statement, then there is something wrong with the entire Judiciary of that country and that will cost the authorities hundreds of thousands of US dollars for damages to Mr Alie Kabba. The rampant legal incompetence and uneducated attitude of the Sierra Leone Judiciary are of great concerns”, a senior criminologist and legal officer in Switzerland informed this medium;
Instead of proceeding with the case, the Magistrate has called up another case to help give Lady Diana Konomanyi and her team more time to prepare their legal document.
According to Mr Paul Draw , “the presiding Magistrate in the matter between the IG vs Alie Kabba stood down (temporarily adjourned) the matter in court simply because Local Government Minister Diana Konomani was not in court at the moment. The magistrate who had earlier angrily admonished police prosecutors for being late in court and without court files was respectfully but firmly addressed by one of the Defence Counsel for Alie Kabba, Hindolo M. Gevao Esq. Mr Alie Kabba’s lawayer, Mr Gevao submitted that Diana was not the complainant in the matter but a mere witness and should therefore not be waited for. He emphasized that in criminal proceedings the State, and not the witness, prosecutes. He said it was irregular and procedurally wrong for the Magistrate to say in court that he would not proceed until the witness (Diana) was in court. The magistrate made no further comments on the Defence’s submission”.
“After nearly 30 minutes of waiting, Lady Diana Konomanyi appeared in court, just after the appearance of the Administrator and Registrar General. Alie Kabba was placed in the dock and Lady Diana stood in the witness box. The matter was later recalled only for the prosecution to ask for a further stand down. Still waiting for its resumption”, Mr Paul Draw concluded.