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Judge advocate issues ultimatum

By Regina Pratt

Judge Advocate Otto-During wants perfect decorum at the court martial

Judge Advocate Otto-During wants perfect decorum at the court martial

Judge Advocate in the ongoing court martial, Mr. Otto During, on Wednesday (11 June) gave a stern ultimatum to members of the public as to their behaviour at the proceedings, held at army headquarters, Cockerill, Wilkinson Road.

“Anyone caught will go down for 21 days,” he said menacingly, as he tries to maintain decorum at the trial of fourteen soldiers charged with multiple offences, including mutiny and failure to report a mutiny.

The Judge Advocate admonished the audience at the crowded court to be attentive while the trials are underway, noting that their presence in court was a demonstration of transparency in the matter.

He also cautioned them to desist from making comments as only lawyers are allowed to talk at the court martial, stressing that every court has the jurisdiction to punish offenders.

Justice During then ordered the Military Police to keep watch on the gallery for those who will violate his order.

Meanwhile, third prosecution witness, Detective Police Constable 1389 Sahr Rexson Allieu, is expected to continue his cross-examination today when the trial resumes.

The accused, 13 soldiers and one officer (a Captain), have all pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against them by the government of Sierra Leone.