High Court Judge Justice Adrian Fisher, presiding over the Anti-Corruption Commission’s case against one Mr. Saidu Nallo and five others, including the Presidential Candidate of the All People’s Congress Party, has refused the defense’s application to release the passport of Dr. Samura Kamara to enable him to travel out of the country to the United Kingdom, for a twelve days period.
The application was filed for leeway for the use of his passport for days between the 2nd to the 14th May, 2023 to allow him to attend a meeting with the Marlborough House dialogues, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The defense had emphasized that Samura’s visit was of national importance to promote peace and security during this current electioneering process.
The state had outlined a circumvention of State and Judicial procedures required for an invitation organized by the Commonwealth and a past deviation from a scheduled visit, on a previous granting of the use of his passport.
The court had also pointed out delays in informing the court in ample time to verify details stated and had all in all rejected the application on these grounds.
Justice Fisher had advised the defense to refile with clarified details therein, on the 3rd May 2023.
The matter has been adjourned to 14th July, 2023 to prevent any interruptions to the electioneering process in which Dr. Samura Kamara is a main participant and his bail continues.
Kamara is facing charges of corruption related to his time as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.