Dr. Bernadette Lahai-SLPP legal duel…


Jenkins-Johnston fires back!

By Regina Pratt

Private prosecuting counsel in the matter between Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai and the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Blyden Jenkins-Johnston, Esq. has told the High Court presided over by Justice Abdulai Cham that the motion filed by defence counsel Hon. Dr. Bu Buakie Jabbie be dismissed.

He was speaking yesterday while responding to an application filed by Dr. Jabbie that an interlocutory injunction sought and got by the former on behalf of his client was “illegal and procedurally flawed.”

He contended that the defence had done ahead to make several new cases even though they were aware of the said irregularities, which effectively waiving same, and therefore should not complain.

“An application was made by notice of motion on January 2014 seeking for an extension of time to file in their defence and this order was made on 26th February 2014 granting the extension of time,” he said.

He opined that because the motion listing the irregularities was done on the 6th January while they filed a defence to proceed with the matter, it connotes the defence intended to defend the action on the merit of the case.

He therefore called on the judge to dismiss the case with cost, noting that the defendant were  aware of the irregularities, but proceeded to file an application and proceeded in a manner which suggest they have waived the aforementioned irregularities.

Hon. Dr. Jabbie, lead counsel for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party in the matter, had argued that the interlocutory injunction granted to Hon. Dr. Lahai to cause her to remain as Minority Leader in Parliament after she was replaced by the party with Hon. Emma Kowa, be struck out of court on two irregularities – the timing and filing of the notice of motion ex parte – incongruous with due procedure.

The matter continues today.