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At court martial:Defense for 2nd 3rd accused close case

May 8, 2019

By Ibrahim K. Turay

Defense lawyers  for the 2nd 3rd accused persons, Drucil Taylor and Amadu Koroma have yesterday  closed their cases  before Justice Momoh Jah Stevens and six Board Members at the court martial holding at the Cockrill Military Headquarters on Wilkinson Road.

Representing the second accused, Lawyer Drucil Taylor earlier stated that his client would not say anything on the witness box, and that he had made it clear in his submission that there was no case for the second accused to answer.

He said the prosecutor has failed to make a case against the 2nd accused and that the evidence proffered by them was legless.

He also said one of the main problems of the prosecution was that they failed  to link the second accused to  conspiracy of the offence as established in the charge sheet, and also that the investigators never cross checked where the second accused had directed them to.

He further stated that none of the investigators told the court martial that the 2nd accused was in possession of any stores at the Presidential Lodge.

“The second accused has no case to answer and I will state that in my final address,” he said

For Lawyer A. Koroma representing the 3rd accused, he said his client will take the witness box to explain what he did not told the police at the start of the matter.

The 3rd accused,Abubakar Jalloh, said he has been working for the military for over 28 years and that he started working for the Republic of the Sierra Leone Armed  Forces (RSLAF) on 12th August 1991.

He has told the court that he was assigned at the Presidential Lodge in April 2008 in the capacity as a security to the then President Koroma.

He said on the 9th June 2011, the first accused, Captain Kamara, called on him and informed him that Colonel S.T Sesay wanted to see me.

“When I went there, Colonel Sesay asked me as to whether I have any logistic certificate and I replied in the affirmative. Colonel S.T Sesay handed over the C.Q.M.S for the Presidential Lodge to me without any formal handing over note. I explained that to Captain Kamara but I was advised by him to cross check everything that was in the store,” he explained.

He stated that he took note of all the items he met in the store.

His Lawyer, A. Korome produced a document of all the inventories and asked him as to whether he recognised the said document and he replied in the affirmative.

Lawyer A. Koroma asked the accused whether he knew anything about the disappearance of ammunition at the Presidential Lodge, but he replied that he only came to know after he had left the lodge.

He denied conspiring with anybody to steal in the Republic of Sierra Leone armed Forces.

Meanwhile, the Judge Advocate, Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens adjourned the matter for two weeks for both the defense and the state to present their address.

Matter adjourned 21st May, 2019.