By Jane B. Mansaray………………………………
The Defense Counsel in the trial of the State versus Dr. Abass Bundu, Easmon N. B. Ngakui of Ngakui & Partners yesterday applied for a subpoena for the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to explain the position of the matter that has been in court since 2012.
Lawyer Ngakui wanted to find out from the DPP whether he was still interested in prosecuting the matter or has abandoned it all together.
Lawyer Ngakui made the application yesterday before Magistrate Dr. Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 for the DPP to be served a subpoena for him to send a representative from the state to explain their position in the matter.
In his ruling on the application, Magistrate Binneh Kamara over ruled the application for a subpoena but rather ruled in sending a notice to the DPP to explain the position of government in the matter that has been adjourned for thirty eight (38) times with only one witness testifying since the start of the trial in 2012.
The only witness to have testified in the matter did not even complete his testimony because he was never cross examined by the defence counsel.
Dr. Abass Bundu, who served as Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister in the NPRC in 1994, is accused of conspiracy to defraud the state and larceny contrary to law.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on diverse dates between the 26th August 1994 and 30th June 1995 in Freetown with intent to defraud, conspired with other persons unknown to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of two hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars ($210,000/00) being proceeds from the sale of Sierra Leonean Passports.
On the other count, the accused on the 26th August 1994 in Freetown being a clerk or servant of the Government of Sierra Leone stole from the said Government of Sierra Leone US$ 20,000.00.
Bail continues and the matter was adjourned to the 30th July, 2016 for the prosecution to be given enough time to consider their position in the matter.