NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Mohamed M’baqui and his co-accused Mohamed Mansaray are to be tried by judge alone after High Court judge, Justice Alusine Sesay Tuesday (25 November) granted an application by defence counsel Francis Ben Kaifala.
The two are alleged to have duped an Indian investor, Mohamed Malek Sharik, the sum of US$700,000, and was adjudged to have a case to answer by a Freetown magistrate who concluded preliminary investigation into the matter.
Justice Sesay, however, urged the defence counsel to ensure that defence witnesses are available to testify on the next adjourned date because he intends to speed up the matter.
“This matter was with another judge before it was assigned to me and so we have to start all over again. I want a speedy trial on this matter,” Justice Sesay said.
Meanwhile, prosecutor M.B. Davies informed the judge that 10 prosecution witnesses would testify in the matter and promised that they will be present in court on subsequent hearing.
Mohamed M’baqui and Mohamed Mansaray are arraigned on nine counts ranging from fraud, conspiracy to murder to attempted murder contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution alleged that on diverse dates between April 2012 and April 2013, the accused persons conspired to dupe Indian investor Mohamed Malek Sharik of the sum of US$700,000.
Justice Sesay refused the accused bail and adjourned the matter to 15 December.