March 28, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Principal Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh Kamara, has yesterday Tuesday, 28th March, 2017, granted one hundred million Leones (Le100m) bail, plus two sureties to Jesmed Foday Suma, Director of the newly formed political party in Sierra Leone, the National Progressive Democrat Party (NPD).
In his bail application renewal for and on behalf of the accused defending counsel, Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sei, asked the court that his client be put on bail, adding that they have reliable sureties that are ready and willing to render their passports to the court just to prove that the accused and sureties are not “flight risk”.
However, Magistrate Binneh Kamara, granted bail to the accused for the sum of one hundred Leones plus two sureties in like sum and the accused including the two sureties, were requested to produce their passports to the office of Master and Registrar. They were also ordered that they should report to the Court Clerk three times in a week.
It could be recalled that on Friday 25th March, 2017, the NPD Director made his first appearance in court for allegedly committing a crime of sedition contrary to section 33 (1)(6) of the public order Act No.46 of 1965 and disorderly behavior contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone. He was subsequently remanded at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre.
According to the State Prosecutor, Lawyer A.J.M Bockarie, the accused on Thursday 23rd March, 2017, at the Cotton Tree on Siaka Steven Street in Freetown, during the strike action of the Njala University students, uttered seditious words in the Krio language that, “if the government does not take action of the situation they (NPD) will make the country ungovernable.”
In count two, the accused was also charged for disorderly behavior contrary to section 1 of the public order Act No.46 of 1965, as amended by section 15 of No.2 of 1973. It was allegedly stated that the accused on the same date and place behaved in a disorderly manner.
Matter adjourned to 6th April 2017 for continuation