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Opposition politician faces more incarceration

June 12, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

NDP

Jesmed Foday Suma…Victim of political intimidation?

Principal Magistrate of the Siaka Street Court No.1, Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, last Friday 9th June, 2017, again remanded the Membership Director of the newly formed National Progressive Democrats (NPD) for another five days at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre for contempt in the face of the court.

It could be recalled that Magistrate Binneh-Kamara on the 25th May, 2017, withheld the bail of Jesmed Foday Suma, who is currently in his court for preliminary investigation on two count charges of Sedition.

Jesmed Foday Suma, on the 11th May, 2017, had accused Magistrate Binneh-Kamara of injustice, claiming that “he is being used by politicians to suppress the democratic voices of the people.

He further  alleged that the magistrate was using his courtroom to ‘suppress’ the democratic voices of people, instead of giving them justice, adding that he has used himself as an instrument and  has proven that he lacks the ‘ethical and moral values’ to be a magistrate in Sierra Leone.

After denying the accused bail on three consecutive appearances, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara said the accused was not granted bail because the two conditions upon which he was granted bail were contravened.

He added that when the accused was arraigned in court, he was granted bail and on the other adjourned date when he (Binneh) was not in court, Jesmed Foday Suma called a press conference in the precinct of the court and made vexatious audio against the judiciary.

 However, Lawyer Suliaman Banja Tejan-Sei apologised on behalf of the accused, stating that the former made such statement out of frustration and on medical grounds, because he was restricted from accessing his medication.

He pleaded with the Bench to discharge the matter, stating that the accused person has responsible sureties to stand in his stead.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara told Lawyer Tejan-Sei that the matter was in the hands of the state and advised him to formally write the state with regards his request.

“I will discharge him if the State does not have evidence against him. It is his ability to understand the workability of the Rule of law and keep politics out of Judiciary,” he added.

The matter was adjourned to Wednesday, 14th June, 2017.