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Justice Biobele’s Inquiry faces setback: Thieves cart away laptop containing information

July 23, 2019

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

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Residence of One of the judges presiding over the ongoing Commissions of Inquiry investigating officials of the immediate past administration of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, Justice Biobele Georgewill was in early hours of Monday, July 22nd, attacked by some individual suspected to be armed robbers, who carted away his laptop computer containing the work of the inquiry.

 Speaking to Concord Times at his Freetown Office, Head of Media and Chief Recordist at the Commission of Injury, Mohamed Suliaman Massaqui, confirmed that some individuals suspected to be thieves broke into the Goderich residence of Justice Biobele Georgewill and made away with property worth millions of Leones.

He informed Concord Times that the judge could not seat on the Injury because he was not in a right frame of mind at the moment after his residence was attacked by those thieves.

Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Chief Superintendent of Police Gabriel Tommy could not provide details as to whether any arrest was made yesterday in regard to the attack on the judge, but stated that there was a taskforce responsible for the state security details of the three judges.

According to Massaquio,the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Princilla Schwartz (Nѐe Fofana) has requested  that criminal investigations be instituted immediately to ensure that those thieves be arrested and brought to book.

He said government had attached some state security personnel to all the judges seating on the Commission of Injury, although he could not tell as to how many personnel were attached to each judge.

He added that the initial information he received was that there were supposed to be three security guards attached to the judge, but that only one reported for duty on the night of the incident.

He noted that the attack on the judge would  not stop the Commission of Injury form proceeding, adding that investigations have be mounted and that soon perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Although the motive behind the attack was not clear, but the BBC Umaru Fofanah yesterday posted on his Facebook page that Justice Georgewill had previously spoken openly about receiving anonymous threatening telephone calls.

Meanwhile, Head of Police Media,Suprientendent Brima Kamara told Concord Times that  they would address the press on the issue.