Accused gets Le50m bail for libel against President Koroma


May 12, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 on Friday (May 8) granted bail of Le50 million to one Mohamed Tim Kargbo following his arraignment for having allegedly published defamatory materials against President Ernest Bai Koroma on WhatsApp. Also, the bail was contingent on two sureties in like sum, plus approval by the acting Master and Registrar.

The accused, charged with calling a person by description other than his name, to wit ‘wounded beast’, and defamatory libel, contrary to section 26 of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965, had on previous appearances been denied bail.

Defence counsel M.P. Sesay noted that since the commencement of the matter, the substantive prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecution, Sulaiman A. Bah, had only being in court once.

He had based his bail application on the grounds that the accused would neither pose a flight risk nor interfere with prosecution witnesses.

According to the prosecution, the accused on Saturday, 28 February, 2015 in Freetown, knowingly published false defamatory libel against President Koroma in the form of writing words on social media that, “Moreover President Koroma at this point is a wounded beast, he can do anything to remove pressure off his back!”

The prosecution added that the accused on the same date, also on WhatsApp, published written words that, “President Ernest Bai Koroma is a very strong suspect in the killing of the bodyguard.”

The matter continues on 12 May.