By Jane B. Mansaray
The Preliminary Investigation (PI) into the alleged passport fraud matter involving a senior member of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) and a highly respected and admired senior citizen, Dr. Abass Bundu was yesterday adjourned for the fortieth time, over a period of four years, by Magistrate Dr. Abou Bakarr Binneh Kamara of Freetown Magistrate Court No1.
The accused Dr. Bundu is facing a (PI) at the Magistrate Court on six counts relating to conspiracy to defraud and larceny contrary to law.
The particulars of offence state that, the accused on diverse dates between the 26th August 1994 and 30th June 1995 in Freetown with intent to defraud did allegedly conspire together with other persons unknown to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone with the sum of two hundred and ten thousand United States dollars, being proceeds from the sale of Sierra Leonean Passports. No proceeding went on yesterday as the prosecution failed to turn up in court.
The lead defense counsel, Lawyer Easmon Ngakui is representing the accused, and the matter was adjourned to the 30th November 2016 for the state to proceed with their prosecution.
During the previous adjourned date, Magistrate Binneh Kamara assured the court that he would write to the Law Officers’ department, requesting them to state in writing or come to court and state clearly whether or not they want to continue with the matter.
Surprisingly, at yesterday’s hearing, no prosecution counsel appeared for the state. They neither wrote nor appear before the court yesterday.
Dr. Abass Bundu, himself a lawyer by profession, told the media yesterday that he was being unfairly persecuted by some people in the Government. He said that he was a victim of political persecution driven from the highest level of government. He noted, “Justice delayed, is justice denied”.
Dr. Bundu called on the state to stop the unnecessary delay in the matter if they have no case against him. Since that matter started almost four years ago, only one Prosecution Witness has testified. His testimony before the court remains inconclusive.