Paolo Conteh, Saa Sinnah & Prince Huges before Justice Stevens Today
Former Defense Minister, Rtd. Major Alfred Paolo Conteh and two others, Saa Sinnah and Prince Huges will appear before Justice Momoh Jah Stevens Toady in the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The three accused persons were charged with alleged treason by the Government of Sierra Leone contrary to the common laws of Sierra Leone.
The first prosecution witness, Superintendent MK Alieu during examination by the led defense lawyer, Joseph Fitzerald Kamara (JFK) told the court that after obtaining statements from the first defendant, he received the Gluck-17 Pistol as directed by the small Arms Commission.
MK. Alieu identified the pistol with two empty magazines, noting that out of the nine page statement obtained, seven had to do with the pistol that was registered in 2017 and the two for the one registered in 2020.
Supt. Alieu further testified that several police officers including Detective Inspector JB Zoronkong witnessed when statement was taken from the first defendant.
He said in his statement, the first defendant categorically stated that he personally handed over his bag at the gate and told the securities that he has a pistol in it.
Supt. Alieu further testified that on the 29th March, 2020, he charged the third defendant, Prince Hughes in respect of the matter and made several enquiries.
Responding to question posed to him on behalf of the first defendant by Defense Counsel, JF Kamara, the witness said that on the date of the incident he went to State House and met the first defendant in company of Colonel DTO Taluva and Lieutenant Colonel M.M Kposowa and confirmed that he did not meet him with a bag neither weapon.
The witness also responded to a question posed to him that, the Gluck-17 pistol was loaded and confirmed that it was him who offloaded it and put it on safety mode.
The second Prosecution Witness (PW2), Police Constable 14814 Komeh Vakie attached at State House State House said on the date of the incident the first defendant, Rtd. Major Alfred Paolo Conteh bypassed the scanning machine in a rush with hand bag, PW2 further explained that Staff Sergeant Dauda took the bag from the defendant and allowed him proceed to the meeting.
During cross examination by Defense Counsel A. O Conteh the witness confirmed that the defendant was in a rush at the time of the incident when he bypassed the scanning machine, confirming that he only noticed the bag when his colleagues were communicating with the defendant.
The matter was scheduled to up today, Friday 29th May, 2020.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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