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Obstruction of justice, contempt of court…

APC Karankay, PC Koblo Quee to face court action

November 17,2016  By Hassan Gbassay Koroma 

y 050 in the Port Loko District, Osman Karankay Conteh and Paramount Chief Bai Koblo Quee of Marampa Chiefdom,Lunsar in the Port Loko District, may be sent to jail by the Industrial Courts’  President, Justice Patrick Hamilton, for contempt of court.

 Making his application yesterday in the Industrial Court of Sierra Leone presided over by Justice Hamilton, Lawyer Pious Musa Sesay, applied that the court issues bench warrants and thereafter remands both the Member of Parliament and Paramount Chief for contempt of court.

The duo was alleged to have obstructed the Undersheriff, who was carrying out a court order in the Lunsar Township.

According to lawyer Sesay, both the Member of Parliament and the Paramount Chief, on the 22nd of October, 2016, disturbed and obstructed the execution of a Court order, which was being executed by the Undersheriff.

He said the Undersheriff was conducting a public auction of 17 vehicles, pursuant to a High Court order dated 3rd January 2016, in lieu of USD250, 000 payment owed to 40 employees of the Timis Mining Company.

He said the Undersheriff was on the above date carrying out  lawful duty, auctioning  the said 17 vehicles as ordered by the court, when the Member of Parliament and the Paramount Chief  obstructed the process on the basis that they had order from above.

He further stated that the intervention of the Member of Parliament and the Paramount chief by preventing the Undersheriff from executing the court’s order had the potential to undermine justice of the court, hence applied for both of them to be remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road for contempt of court.

However, Justice Hamilton requested that both accused be issued with ‘no fail service’ of court appearance to defend themselves of the allegations levied against them.

The matter was adjourned to the 23 November, 2016.

 

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