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Another contempt case at Special Court

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The Special Court for Sierra Leone has announced contempt indictment of five Sierra Leoneans; but public’s contemplation illustrates big doubt.

The court has confirmed serving all five persons the orders in lieu of an indictment subsequently charging them with contempt of court under Rule 77(A) of the rules of procedure.

The accused, it is revealed, interfered with prosecution witnesses who testified in two separate trials before the Special Court.
Ibrahim Bazzy Kamara, Santigie Borbor Kanu aka 5-5 (all serving sentences in Rwanda), Hassan Papa Bangura aka Bomblast and Samuel Kargbo known as Sammy Ragga, awaits trial for contempt as alleged by the Special Court.
It could be recalled that the Special Court, in 2005, proffered charges of contempt against a private investigator (Brima Samura) on allegation that he disclosed the name of a protected witness to wives of AFRC convicts.

The Special Court Trial Chamber I presided over the case, but proved that the prosecution unpleasant has no case nay finding the accused not guilty.

It is a fact that the Special Court has never enacted contempt proceedings against persons working for the office of the prosecutor of Special Court, but at all times persons related to the defence.

The contempt trial against private investigator Brima Samura was marred with ‘make up’ stories by witnesses (all workers of the Special Court) in favour of the prosecution.

Be it known however that one Samuel Davies who works at the audio visual section at Special the Court was one of five or more witnesses shamefully ushered into the well of Trial Chamber I to offer ‘make up’ testimonies against Brima Samura.

The proceeding conclusively disapproved prosecution’s case and found the forenamed accused not guilty as charged.

To this, the public now questions reasons leading to Special Court’s recent proffering of another charge of contempt against two war crime convicts and two of their allies, who virtually have no bearing to the Charles Taylor trial in The Hague.

Disclosures have it that the indictments of all five persons by the Special Court, stems from one of the court’s prosecution witnesses, Bobson alias Bobby, who claimed he was interfered with by AFRC war crime convicts and allies.

It has reached this press that two of the five indicted contemnors, Hassan Papa Bangura and Samuel Kargbo alias Sammy Ragga poised calling up a press briefing to au-fait the media of Special Court coined up charges against them.

To be continued.

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