NRA Lawyer, Elvis Kargbo Fined 1 Million Leones for deceiving the court
Elvis Kargbo, Freetown Lawyer representing the National Revenue Authority, was yesterday Wednesday 22 December 2010, levied a cost charge of Le One million Leones by Justice Nicholas Browne Marke in the High Court for attempting to decive the court and wasting the Judges’ time.
Elvis Kargbo turned up late in court to answer charges in relation to a debt being owed to a supplier, who had sued the NRA for settlement of a debt owed her for the supply of calendars, diaries and cards. After admonishing Mr Elvis Kargbo for coming into the court inappropriately dressed, the Judge allowed him to make a preliminary objection, after dressing up properly. The preliminary objection was overruled, because in the judges’ opinion, it was frivolous.
In trying to go through the motion moved by the plaintiff’s solicitors, Justice Browne-Marke found out that the defence which was filed in his files was not stamped by the treasury, despite the fact that Mr Elvis Kargbo claimed it had been filed, and tendered a dated receipt.
On investigation by a court clerk, the judge discovered that though Mr Elvis Kargbo claimed that he filed the defence in time, the actual date on the register in the court treasury was a much later date, which contradicted the paperwork presented by Mr Kargbo.
Justice Browne Marke in his ruling levied a cost of Le One million Leones)on the lawyer for attempting to deceive the court and wasting court time. He also directed that the registrar of the courts write a letter to NRA informing them of the conduct of their lawyer.
By Abdulai Kamara
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