Principal Assistant Registrar names Master & Registrar
April 21, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
As investigation into the missing Le88 million court file gathers pace at the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Courts No.1 presided over by Magistrate Tonia Barnett, the Principal Assistant Registrar at the court, Fatmata Tarawally, is reported to have named the acting Master and Registrar of the High Court as the person in possession of the missing file.
When the alarm was raised last Friday about the missing file, Magistrate Barnett gave orders to her court clerk to look for the file in the office of the Assistant Registrar at the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Courts.
However, Ms. Tarawally has denied any knowledge of the said file, although she referred the court clerk to the acting Master and Registrar of the High Court, Steven Yayah Mansaray.
Concord Times was with the team that went to the office of the acting Master and Registrar of the High Court, who also denied having any knowledge of the mysteriously missing Le88 million file.
“I expect the file to be in the hands of the presiding magistrate. When the accused was put on bail last year, his (the accused) passport was part of the bail bond but his lawyer, I. Kanneh, took it from the file and appended his signature,” Mansaray said, adding that he later sent the file back to the court.
Meanwhile, the complainant in the Le88 million case, Beach Samba John, told Concord Times outside the courtroom that the accused and his lawyer have instituted a law suit against him because he has refused to compromise the matter.
The accused, Madick Diouk, had been arraigned in court for allegedly converting to his own use the sum of Le88.7 million entrusted to him by the complainant in 2012.
The matter has been adjourned sine die as investigation into the missing file continues.