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Friday, September 25, 2020

LAWYER FLEES, SURIETIES ASKED TO PAY D1M BOND

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Abdoulie Jah and Ebrima Jobe who appeared in court yesterday had signed a bond to the effect that they will forfeit the sum of D500,000 each in the event the embattled lawyer jumped bail, according to the state prosecutor.

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“We are made to understand that the accused was released on bail and the police were making efforts to locate the sureties to appear before this court. The accused person has jumped bail based on the police report and that the sureties could not locate the accused person,” the director of public prosecution, Saleh Barkum told the high court judge Emmanuel Amadi.  

Mr Jah was arraigned on June 12 at the Special Criminal Division for attempting to bribe a high court judge to rule in favour of his client in a civil case. He is facing a single charge of official corruption.

He is accused of offering Justice Awa Bah the sum of US$100,000 equivalent to D4,000,000 in a bid to influence her to decide the case in his favour in March 2014 while serving as counsel for the plaintiff in the suit of Multi-Steel Company against Omar Jasseh.  He has never appeared in court since he was charged.

The lawyer for the respondents however told the court that the agreement made by his clients at the police was tampered with and she will challenge paragraph 4.D of the application which states that “during the course of the investigation, the said accused person was released on bail to the respondents on terms that he be produced on the 27 of March and subsequent”.

“The instruction I got from my clients is that they were just tasked to produce the accused on March 27. My clients are saying the date was altered,” explained the lawyer. 

The case will resume today for Lawyer Hawa Sesay-Sabally to argue that the agreement was violated.

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