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Ex-President Kabbah Humilated Me,Harrassed and Destroyed My Family....Wansa Tells ECOWAS Court
Posted by on Mar 14, 2008, 03:21

Complainant Mohammed Kamal Wansa took 45 minutes in the witness box on Wednesday 12th March, 2008 at the ECOWAS Court to explain his ordeal at the hands of the Kabbah led SLPP government  says his lead counsel San Babalalo.

 

Cross examined by three Presiding Judges from Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso, Mr Wansa told the court that he was humilitated and harrassed by  ex- President, using state security agencies such as the police and CID personnel to make his life uncomfortable in the country. "Kabbah succeeded in destroying my family " the complainant explained in a very pathetic mood.

 

Answering questions from the Judges relating to discrimination, the complainant said " I was discriminated among the rest of creditors of the government and went to explain that the ex-president hired two independent Accounting firms to look into his debt and when they recommended that he should be paid, the ex-president ignored their professional advice. Led in evidence by his counsel, the Complainant said that the SLPP government later decided that he should waive all his rights if his deportation and citizenship should be revoked. "Kabbah is a wolf in sheep clothing " Wanza told the Court.

 

Both ex-President Kabbah and the Republic of Sierra Leone are facing two-count- charge of Human Rights Abuses filed at the ECOWAS Court . The law firm of San Babalalo is representing the Complainant, while the Defendants are not represented by any lawyer or legal firm.

 

The initial hearing of the matter commenced in October 2007 and is expected to conclude in June 30 when the Court would deliver judgement as indicated on Wednesday 12th March, 2008. Since the matter commenced for hearing at the court, both Defendants have been conspiciously absent.

 

The ECOWAS Court is part of the Economic Community of West Africa States and its Parliament. Sixteen countries in the West Africa sub-region including Sierra Leone are signatories to its formation, existence and implementation of its policies.

It is therefore binding for these sixteen countries to adhere and respect the protocols of any arm of ECOWAS. A local legal practitioner who has been following the Human Rights Abuse case at the Court and the behaviour of the Defendants has expressed dissatisfaction, stating that " This is a clear show of disrespect to our regional court "

It should be noted that the decision of the court cannot be contested by any local court in any country.

           






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