Parents urge AG to expedite trial
Affected parents of children alleged trafficked by Help a Needy Child International (HANCI) have written a follow-up letter to Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Franklyn Bai Kargbo, in which they expressed grave concern about undue delays in litigation since the matter was committed to the High Court.
“We the affected parents of Children Trafficked by Help a Needy Child International (HANCI), write to thank you and the law officers department for a tremendous job in prosecuting the matter at the magistrate court. We are however concerned that since the 1st of February, 2014 when Magistrate Komba Kamanda committed the matter to the High, we the affected parents have not been kept informed about the subsequent process,” stated the letter.
The letter added: “We have made several inquiries with various judicial personnel including the Master and Registrar, the Deputy Master and Registrar, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), the State Counsel (Gerald Soyie who prosecuted the matter at the magistrate court). None of them were able to tell us if or when the matter will come up for hearing in the High Court. Further, we have tried on several occasions to meet with your good self but could not get an appointment. This is why we have resorted to writing this letter.
“As the biological parents we want to register our absolute frustration at the lack of information and the lack of progress in this matter. We therefore appeal to you to fast track the laying of the Hanci Trafficking case before the High Court and accelerate its prosecution as “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
The aggrieved parents reminded the principal government legal advisor that “For over fifteen (15) years we have cried endlessly, suffered emotional torture, pain, anguish, intimidation, humiliations, sorrow and sadness in the hands of brutal and unpatriotic Sierra Leoneans who are heartless and money minded.”
The letter noted that the parents are extremely anxious and desperate to see those responsible for committing the ‘heinous offence’ justly punished and to know the fate of their missing children and have contact with them once again.