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Attorney General to Represent Tejan Kabbah and Co at ECOWAS Court
Posted by on Mar 14, 2008, 02:45

Mr Serry Kamal, Sierra Leone Attorney General and Minister of Justice is reportedly conspicuously absent today at the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the matter between Mohammed Kamal Wanza Vs. the Republic of Sierra Leone as the 1st Defendant and His Excellency Ahmed Tejan Kabbah as 2nd Defendant in a matter of Human Rights Abuse before the court.

 

It would be recalled that the matter first came up for hearing in October 2007, when the former Attorney General and Minister, Mr. Fred Carew wrote to the court seeking for an adjournment on the grounds that the new government of President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has not put in place a cabinet. Mr. Fred Carew, further prepared a bill to the tune of Le18 Million which covers travel, accommodation and food expenses and opted to travel to Abuja to represent the new government on the matter together with an officer from the law office department. “His Excellency I was APC, but I was only given a job to perform by President Kabbah during the SLPP period of governance” Carew was quoted to have said to President Koroma, and went on “I am prepared to represent your government in this matter at the ECOWAS court” He begged, and submitted his legal opinion about the matter in which he stated that both the 1st and 2nd Defendants cannot challenge the matter legally in any court of law and requested for a peaceful out of court settlement.

 

Despite the advice of the former Attorney General, there seems to be no effort in reconciling the matter as the current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Serry Kamal keeps requesting for an adjournment; thus giving the impression that  his government legally armed to contest the claims of the Plaintiff in the court.

 

On the 28th January, 2008 counsel representing the Plaintiff, lawyer Babalalo applied for a Definate Hearing of the matter as both defendants have not been treating the court with any level of seriousness. The court granted the application and the 12th March, 2008 was fixed for the hearing.

 

Speaking to the Attorney General, Mr. Serry Kamal on the phone yesterday, he said that he was sorry for not  appearing at the ECOWAS court today, and added that they are still filing some papers at the court and until that is done we cannot do anything. “We have revoked the Plaintiff’s deportation order and restored his citizenship” Serry Kamal said, and added “We are moving forward for a resolution of the matter”

 

Meanwhile, the Attorney General has said that his government is requesting for one more adjournment for a conclusion of the matter. “My office is representing both Ahmed Tejan Kabbah and the state” Serry Said.






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