Court Martial!


Witness says he recorded conversation with seventh accused

By Alusine Sesay

While being cross-examined by defense counsel, Ishmael Philip Mammy, the second prosecution witness, Sergeant Mamadu Borbor Jalloh told the court martial yesterday that he recorded his conversation with seventh accused Private Gbassay, when the latter was making incriminating statements, and handed the said recording to the Forces Intelligence Unit Officer, adding that he indicated that in his statement to the police.

Prior to the cross-examination, Judge Advocate Otto During ruled in favour of the defense that the witness be shown the original copy of his statement to detectives at the Mena Police Station in Makeni.

The defense counsel sought to discredit the witness’ testimony, noting that statement he had made to the police was at variance with his testimony in court.

Furthermore, the defence put it to the witness that he had indicated in his statement that he had the conversation with the seventh accused in July, but testified in court that the meeting took place in August.

However, the witness replied that he recalled telling the police that the meeting took place on 10 August, 2013.

Mammy, Esq., continued that the witness stated in his statement to the police that he had three contact dates with the seventh accused, Private Gbassay, although the latter refuted that claim, as he had refused talking to him (the witness) about their alleged plan because he didn’t trust him. The witness though disputed the defence claim.

The 14 accused soldiers deny eight counts of conspiracy, failure to suppress mutiny, and incitement to commit mutiny, contrary to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Sierra Leone Act, which they are alleged to have committed.

Meanwhile, the Judge Advocate adjourned the matter to 28 May, 2014.