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Accused denied bail in alleged libel against Pres. Koroma

March 25, 2015 By Hawa Amara

One Mahmud Tim Kargbo was again denied bail yesterday and sent to the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 for allegedly posting defamatory materials which referred to President Ernest Bai Koroma as a “wounded beast”.

The accused was arraigned on five counts of defamatory libel contrary to law, calling a person by description other than his name, and knowingly publishing a defamatory libel, contrary to section 3(iv), 26 and 27 respectively of the Public Order Act of 1965.

According to the prosecution, the accused on 28 February, 2015 had knowingly published false defamatory materials against President Ernest Bai Koroma in the form of written words on WhatsApp that: “Moreover, President Koroma at this point is a wounded beast and he can do anything to remove the pressure off his back.”

The prosecution further alleged that the accused on the same date insinuated that the President should be blamed for the death of a certain bodyguard.

State prosecutor A.G.M. Bockarie applied for an adjournment as according to him, acting Director of Public Prosecution, Sulaiman Bah, is not in the jurisdiction.

Bockarie said Mr. Bah had notified the court by written correspondence that he would be away until Monday, 30 March.

Defence counsel M.P. Sesay did not object to the application from the prosecution, but renewed his bail application on behalf of his client, citing section 79 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.

However, Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused bail and adjourned the matter to 31 March for further hearing.

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