Supreme Courtroom Convicts Lawyer of Contempt over tweet expressing a dissenting view on the Courtroom’s Judgment
Yesterday @Soe_Marrah was convicted of contempt by the Supreme Courtroom of #SierraLeone—his crime a tweet expressing a dissenting view on the courtroom’s judgment. I concern 4 myself and others who interact in public discourse and criticism of govt. You possibly can be subsequent
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Adams Bangura writes “On a day after we all suppose there’s a new daybreak and we’re celebrating the repeal of the libel regulation as a progressive nation then comes this unhappy information of how the outdated guards nonetheless need to muzzle free expression.
The Supreme Courtroom presided over by Justice Halloway, in what many understand to be an uncommon transfer, on twenty eighth October, 2020 ordered the arrest of Human Proper and democracy activist, Lawyer Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah and suspension of his proper to apply.
That is because of what Marrah posted on social media that the Supreme Courtroom ruling on the qualification of attorneys to carry sure workplaces has some political undertones and is harmful for the authorized career.
Unhappy day without cost speech and democracy.
Sierra Leone Judicial independence and its lack thereof. Authorized opinions not matter on this Paopa judicial system.
Few days in the past, my good pal and a Renaissance Chief Augustine Sorie Sengbe Marrah wrote a authorized opinion whereby he disagreed with the Supreme Courtroom of Sierra Leone in what they as authorized students would name years of calling within the authorized career. In his piece he disagreed with the ruling of the justices. Please see connected
“Yesterday’s judgment is definitely landmark—however solely posterity will decide whether or not it’s for good or in any other case.
Once I took up this matter I used to be very conscious that my place and interpretation of the regulation was hostile to me. I completed Regulation Faculty in 2009 however didn’t signal the Everlasting Register till 2012. If it had been for private curiosity, I’d merely zip it up for the reason that interpretation which I used to be against and which has been endorsed by the best courtroom of the land favours me as a matter of truth.
However because it has all the time been for me, the regulation is superior to my curiosity and even these of my kinfolk and mates. The judgment might have clarified the difficulty for some colleagues and benchers however to my thoughts, it has additional obfuscated the authorized career and flattened its the Aristocracy. It has rendered the cornerstone of our career—PUPILLAGE—terribly unsure and I dare say, nugatory. Little question, one who aspires for public workplace or judicial responsibility doesn’t should hassle once more with the coaching and self-discipline of PUPILLAGE. One can now go away the Regulation Faculty, scurries to the Caribbean for one more ten years and returns solely to be appointed a Excessive Courtroom decide. Such is the impact of the judgment. The crucial of pupillage has all the time been that the sensible coaching features of authorized apply, whether or not in authorities or non-public, should be added to these known as to the Bar to be finally sealed as a Authorized Practitioner.
In my view, POLITICS has but once more been elevated above the LAW in yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme Courtroom. That is egregious chipping of the sanctity of the regulation and this isn’t a bitter loser’s doomsday alarm. We raised this similar eyebrow when the VP’s unlawful sacking was judicially laundered—lower than half a decade later, chickens from are coming house in droves to roost . Solely these allied with politics and self-serving pursuits will probably be jubilating, these of us on the aspect of the regulation, will weep for posterity. Weep we are going to however dither, we won’t.
Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah Esq.’’
Because of the above the Supreme Courtroom of Sierra Leone has issued a bench warrant for his arrest. How disgraceful. Is the Supreme Courtroom of Sierra Leone above criticism? Not even the best workplace within the land is, the Presidency just isn’t above reproach, how dare they suppose they need to be?
The hypocrisy right here is that when this very Supreme Courtroom dominated on the Samsumana vs Authorities of Sierra Leone case, so many authorized opinions and criticisms had been made then of which Augustine was a champion together with so many Paopa attorneys, together with my brother the present ACC commissioner.
satirically, not a single bench warrant was handed right down to anybody of them underneath the APC authorities. Right here we’re, at this time, of us are being harassed, bullied and cowed into submission underneath this new Chief Justice.
This really unlucky and an affront to free speech. The one cause why they’re going after this younger man underneath this authorities it’s as a result of he’d refused to go to mattress with them. Horrible system of governance, God save Sierra Leone.
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