April 29, 2015 By Hawa Amara
Adamu Eze and 10 co-accused persons were yesterday denied bail for the second time and remanded at the male correctional center on Pademba Road after the Director of Public Prosecution, Sulaiman A. Bah, told the presiding magistrate he was yet to meet with his witnesses.
The accused persons – Adamu Eze, Kalilu Fofanah, Emmanuel Gborie, Alie Bangura, Patrick Kamara, Muctaru Rogers, Aiah Komba, Tamba Tanda, Samuel Sahr Sandy, Karim Bayoh and Joseph Gborie – were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on five counts of conspiracy, obstruction, riotous conduct, disorderly behaviour and malicious damage, in contravention of the laws of Sierra Leone.
Lead State Prosecutor and Director of Public Prosecution, Sulaiman A. Bah, pleaded for another adjournment until he had met with witnesses.
He also objected to bail because the offences were in violation of Public Emergency regulations aimed at containing the spread of the Ebola outbreak, and are grave.
But defence counsel Tamba Sangba renewed his bail application and submitted that the accused persons have been in custody for over six months and that they have responsible sureties to stand on their behalf. He added that the accused would not interfere with prosecution witnesses or pose a flight risk if granted bail.
Magistrate Kamanda refused the 10 men bail and adjourned the matter until 5 May when the prosecution will be expected to open their case.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons on Tuesday, 21 October, 2014 along Post Office Road in Koidu Town, Tankoro chiefdom in the Kono district, eastern province, conspired with unknown persons to obstruct police and medical personnel in the course of their lawful duties.
The prosecution also alleged that first accused Adamu Eze, on the same date and at the same place, maliciously damaged a Yamaha motorbike with registration No. SLP 754, valued six million Leones, property of the Sierra Leone police.
The men had been held for six months without trial, prompting calls for their unconditional release or trial by rights groups who argued that fundamental rights of detainees are not derogated even during a State of Public Emergency.
Few others, including two women, with whom they were arrested in the volatile Kono district, home of sacked Vice President Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana, have been released without being charged to court.