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 Over contempt of court…

Magistrate Binneh-Kamara re-echoes jailing NPD strongman

May 24, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 has re-echoed his intension to jail the Policy and Membership Director of the newly formed National Progressive Democrats (NPD) party for contempt of court.

Jesmed Suma is before the court on two count charges of sedition contrary to Section 33(1) (6) of the Public Order Act and disorderly behaviour contrary to Section 1 of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965,

In March 2017, he was granted bail by Magistrate Binneh-Kamara in the sum of one hundred million Leones (Le100m) with two sureties.

Mr. Suma had accused the learned magistrate of ‘injustice’ after his matter was adjourned for the third time without hearing and alleged that politicians were using him to silence the democratic voices of people.

He claimed that Magistrate Binneh-Kamara lacks the ‘ethical and moral values’ to be a magistrate in Sierra Leone and that higher authorities were using his case to hold on to him until his green card expires, thereby frustrating his businesses in the United States.

Reacting to the claims made by Jesmed Suma, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara promised to teach the accused a lesson for allegedly tainting his personality and committing contempt of court.

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

Re-echoing his threat on Monday (May 22), Magistrate Binneh-Kamara told lawyer Francis Ben Kelfala that he will sent his client to the Freetown Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road, when he appear in court on 25 May, 2017.

“Go and tell him I will lock him up and I will tell him that I cannot be used by politicians and no politician will tell me what to do. I will be the first person in court on 25th May, 2017 waiting for the accused,” he assured.

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