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LAB praise Justice Alusine Sesay

17,Jan 2017
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The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has praised Justice Alusine Sesay for granting bail to five clients of the Board who had been on remand since they were arrest on 25 January 2011 for alleging committing murder. The accused were consequently charged with murder and conspiracy and remanded at the Pademba Road Correctional Center. Two co-accused Frank Senesie and Abdul Jalloh died in prison on remand. Another, a disabled Moses Nyandabo was granted bail last year.

Justice Sesay took the decision to grant bail to the accused in the interest of justice following bail application from the lawyer of the Board, Nikki Spencer-Coker. Justice Sesay in his wisdom decided to grant bail notwithstanding the seriousness of the offence. This is because the trail has made little progress in six years ago. The matter was committed to the High Court in October 2016 and the prosecution has struggled to come up with witnesses to proceed with the matter in a speedy manner.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles has called on other judicial officers to follow the shining example of Justice Alusine Sesay.  ‘There are too many accused persons on remand and this is undermining our efforts at decongesting the Correctional Centers around the country,’ she said. ‘The Pademba Correctional Center and the other centers in the regional headquarters towns are all overcrowded. The inmates in Bo would have rioted last week in protest at overcrowding but for the timely intervention of the prison officers.’ 

‘We are seeing an attempt to undermine the whole idea of having Magistrate Courts in every district in the country as the numbers in our correctional centers have skyrocketed even with the best efforts of our lawyers,’ she emphasized.  ‘We cannot allow this under our watch. Remanding people is meant to improve justice delivery. It is now eroding confidence in the system which we have been building.’

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