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Star witness of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in the ongoing trial of Momoh Konte, Sorious Samura spent the third day in the witness dock under intense cross examination from lawyer Maley Spaine. The quiet but probing technique of the defence lawyer exposed Sorious Samura. A very uncomfortable Sorious Samura gave multiple conflicting answers to the barrage of questions posed by the eminent Manley Spaine. Led in testimony by the ACC lawyers, Sorious Samura testified that his team had indeed registered a timber exporting company in twenty-four hours where it takes weeks to register in the face of bribes. Under cross examination, it turned out that the word timber was nowhere in the document he had presented to the court as his company registration, a registration that had no business certificate issued. When Sorious was asked to read the object of his company it turned out that what he had in his hands was a service company that claimed to do all manner of things but nothing remotely suggesting it was a timber exporting company.
On the question of the identity of his brother-in law who he packaged as an environmental activist, he was not sure if he was Abdul Sinnah or Abdul Bundu.
Sorious also claimed in court that in his line of duty it is normal to lie to get what he wants to portray to the world to entrap and deceive is all fair in a day’s work for the great Sorious. Not at any time did he claim that his goal was truth. The word montage was so bandied around that when Manley Spaine turned in with his assertion of the many lies that Sorious had told, one could easily see the montage of his lies that was piling up.
At a stage in the cross examination, one could see that Sorious was hot under the collar and he was actively examining the rafters and mahogany ceiling of the court room. There were no easy answers coming from the heavens but the eyes of the supplicant were turned upwards.
As if in answers to his prayers, the honorable judge stood the court down for half an hour. The faces of the fans of Sorious Samura were a spectacle to behold. Their idol had been taken to the cleaners and the little smile that was left on his face yesterday was totally gone – replaced by deep sigh of relief.
After the resumption of the court the defendant took ill and the court was again stood down.
When the defendant could not return to the dock the case was adjourned to today, Wednesday 27th June, 2012.
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