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Court Martial: Defence to make ‘no case submission’ today

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 By Alusine Sesay

The defence team in the ongoing Court Martial of 14 alleged mutinous soldiers will today take centre stage at the trials by entering a “no case submission”.

The team, led by Julius N. Cuffie Esq., had hinted during the last previous hearing that they would enter a “no case submission” because the prosecution’s case lacks any merit to convict the men.

The prosecution closed its case on 29 August following a plethora of legal battles at the Court Martial held at the Military Headquarters, Cockerill, on Wilkinson Road in Freetown.

Before that the prosecution presented names of 14 witnesses, but not all of them testified. Principal State Prosecutor, Gerald Soyei Esq., made an application for Judge Advocate Otto During to excuse witnesses who could not testify in the matter as they were co-investigators and that their colleagues had testified and tendered statements obtained contemporaneously.

However, the defence did not announce as to whether they will present witnesses to bolster their argument in defence of the 14 alleged mutineers.

Meanwhile, in preparation for today’s submission the defence team requested that the Judge makes available to them records for ease of reference.

All 14 accused persons deny the charges of attempted mutiny and failure to report a mutiny, among a host of charges.