Magistrate denies bail in Ali Jaffal arms and ammunition case

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By Jeneba A Conteh

In the ongoing legal proceedings concerning the possession of arms and ammunition involving Lebanese National Ali Jaffal, Magistrate Bangura has refused to grant bail to the accused, stating that bail will not be considered until the High Court intervenes.

On Monday, May 6th, Ali Jaffal appeared for the fifth time before Magistrate Santigie Bangura at Court No.2, Pademba Road, Freetown, facing six counts of charges related to the possession of arms and ammunition without the appropriate licenses, among other offenses, all in violation of the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the indictments, on April 6th, 2024, at the Young Sports Club (YSC) facility on Wilkinson Road, Freetown, the accused was allegedly found in possession of a Makarov pistol without a license.

Additionally, the police alleged that Jaffal was found in possession of six 9*19 millimeter rounds at the same location and on the same date, also without the required license.

State Counsel Yusufu Isaac Sesay led the prosecution in the matter, while J. J. Vandi served as defense counsel for Ali Jaffal. Sesay informed the court that their witness was absent due to unavoidable circumstances and requested an adjourned date.

As a result, the proceedings were adjourned to Wednesday, May 8th, 2024, for further deliberation on the case.

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