Over contempt of court…


NPD strongman to spend 8 days in prison

May 26, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

NPD strongman, Jesmed Foday Suma

Principal Magistrate of Freetown Siaka Street Court No.1, Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, yesterday remanded the Membership Director of the newly formed National Progressive Democrats (NPD) for eight days at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre for contempt in the face of the court.

Jesmed Foday Suma, on the 11th May, 2017, had accused Magistrate Binneh-Kamara of injustice, claiming that “he is being used by politicians to suppress the democratic voices of the people.

He further  alleged that the magistrate was using his courtroom to ‘suppress’ the democratic voices of people, instead of giving them justice, adding that he has used himself as an instrument and  has proven that he lacks the ‘ethical and moral values’ to be a magistrate in Sierra Leone.

Reacting to the claims made by Jesmed Suma, on Friday, 12th May, 2017, in an open court, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara promised to teach the accused a lesson for allegedly tainting his personality and committing contempt of court.

According Magistrate Kamara, he was sick on the day he was supposed to have heard the accused’s matter and was given two days to rest for him to recover, but knowing fully well that his court was always busy; he decided to cut the two days to one when the accused attacked his personality.

“Some People don’t know how to behave in public places, but I will deal with him. Go and tell him that I will lock him up pursuant to Section 17 of the Sierra Leone Constitution of 1991,” Magistrate Kamara had threatened.

Speaking yesterday in the crowded courtroom, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara, told the counsel representing the accused, Francis Ben Kalifala that, he was not going to proceed with the matter and that he was on the paper work to institute civil legal action against the accused for tarnishing his personality.

He informed the defending counsel that he had listened to the recording of the press conference that was held by the accused, where he made rough statements not only on his personality but against judges and  senior court officials in the judiciary of Sierra Leone.

“I am going to lock him up for the next eight days as a way of warming upping, so that the journalists would go and report and tell the whole world.
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From there, I will serve you the papers of legal action I am going to take against him,” Magistrate Kamara said.

The NDP strongman is presently undergoing preliminary investigation in the Magistrate Court No.1 for allegedly uttering seditious words during the Njala University students’ strike actions in Freetown.

He was arraigned on two counts charge of Sedition contrary to Section 33 (1) (6) of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965 and disorderly behaviour contrary to Section 12 of the Public Order Act No.46 of 1965 as amended by Section 15 of act No.2 of 1975.

The prosecution alleged that the accused, Jesmed Foday Suma, on Friday, March 24th 2017 around Cotton Tree did say if the government does not take action on the Njala issue, they will make with country ungovernable.