ACC prosecution closes case in US Chancery building matter

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By Ibrahim Kabba Turay

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has closed their case against the 2018 presidential candidate of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC), Dr. Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara and four others, who were charged with various corruption charges relating to the reconstruction of the Sierra Leone Chancery Building in New York.

The prosecution presented 19 witnesses against the accused persons including  Saidu Nallo (1st accused), Adikali Foday Suma (2nd accused) Foday Vahfomba Bawoh (3rd accused), Dr. Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara (4th accused), along with Dr. Kandeh Foday Basil Kamara (5th accused) and Jules Sanders Davies (6th accused).

Earlier in court, the principal prosecutor, Calvin Tichaona Mantsebo, informed the court that they will no longer call the remaining witnesses because they have already dished them out.

Lawyer Ady Macauley, one of the defense counsels representing Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, said the ACC can’t dispense the witness because one of the witnesses’ statement  has already been  already tendered in court and it’s part of the court records.

He said they have problem with the way they dispensed with the remaining witnesses and that the prosecution should have brought them.

Meanwhile,Justice Fisher asked the defense counsel whether they will do a no-case submission or not, but the defense lawyers for the accused persons informed the court for a short adjourned date for them to discuss with their client as to how they wish to open their case.

The matter has been adjourned to Friday 9th December, 2022, for the defense to open their case or do a no case submission.  

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