May 3, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
The Judges of the Appellate Court in Sierra Leone, presiding over the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) matter have yesterday vowed to expedite the process and ensure justice prevails.
The three judges- Hon. Justice Reginald Fynn, Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay and Hon. Justice Alan B. Halloway could not proceed with the civil appeal yesterday as they said documents served were voluminous, thus requesting the appellant and the respondent lawyers to redo a synopsis of the said documents and reserve the court before the next adjourned date-Tuesday, 9 May, 2017.
“The purpose of filling a synopsis is to shorten the proceeding. We want to expedite this matter and make a decision on it. It is nice you supply your synopsis this week so that we shall hear the arguments from both sides,” said Justice Sesay.
However, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie, counsel for the appellant and Umaru Napoleon Koroma, counsel for the respondent all agreed to serve the summary of their case later this week.
On the last adjourned date, the Appellate Court slammed an injunction on the party’s delegates’ conference, which would have been held in February, pending the outcome of the civil appeal filed against the party’s executive.
It could be recalled that some disgruntled members of the SLPP including Alusine Bangura, Alex Kargbo and Victor Sheriff, took the party to the High Court last year, alleging irregularities in 39 constituencies, where the lower level elections were held.
But the High Court Judge, Justice Edwards, ruled that the evidence submitted to the court were not strong enough to declare the elections null and void.
The ruling of the High Court did please the plaintiffs, which forced them to seek redress in the Appellate Court.