Sorious Ends Testimony in Timbergate Trial
Sorious Samura returned to Freetown on Monday September 24, 2012 appearing before Justice Abdulai H. Cham in the now infamous Aljazeera ‘timber trial’ on September 26, 2012, currently held at the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The amateur strand producer disappeared from jurisdiction sometime in July this year before the High Court went on recess for the summer occasioning lengthy adjournment to resumption date on Wednesday September 26, 2012.
Sorious took-off where he left under a barrage of questions from Momoh Konte’s lead defense lawyer Ajibola Manley Spain.
Central to theme of questioning was the US$2000 that was purportedly paid to Mr. Momoh Konte as a registration fee to see the Vice President, Chief Samuel Sam-Sumana.
Under cross examination, Sorious said the much talked about US$2000 portrayed in the film was not a bribe but business registration fee.
In his typical brow-beating style, Sorious implied the term ‘registration fee’ was open-ended, which was contrarily understood to mean the amount required before his associate could see the Vice President.
Mr. Spain successfully argued his corner until Sorious admitted that there were no grounds for him to draw that conclusion from the film which was aired over the airwaves of the Aljazeera Television network.
A string of other questions from the lead counsel for Momoh Konte to the star witness, produced the lame answers of “I don’t know”, “only Anas Anas can testify to that”, says Sorious Samura.
Mr. Spain finally questioned Sorious whether at any point in the film Mr. Konte was shown soliciting money for himself or any other person (proxy). Sorious said at no point did Momoh Konte solicit money from his team.
The case was adjourned to Friday September 28, 2012 at which sitting Anas Anas, one of the crew members of the controversial timber documentary film is expected to testify on behalf of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), which brought them against the accused, Momoh Kemoh Konte.
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