ACC To Take Over Special Court Building  -3 Judges Appointed


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben Kaifala has disclosed that government through the Chief Justice has provided the former Special Court Building to be used as court for ACC cases and that three judges have already been appointed to preside over matters.

According to the ACC Boss, when he took the Commission, the issue of delayed trials was one of the major challenges. As a result, he said, he engaged the judiciary and that the Chief Justice decided to hand over to the Commission, the said facility and also assigned the said three judges in the persons of Justices Reginald Fynn, Miatta Samba and Madam Binta Alhadeen.

Lawyer Kaifala furthered that the only challenge the Commission currently faces is how to have the facility ready for use as it currently needs refurbishment.

With its own court and judges to preside on its cases, Lawyer Kaifala confidently said no corrupt matter brought before the Commission would last for more than a month as according to him, he discovered that there are corruption related matters that have spanned for over five years in the courts.  This, he said, is not good in the fight against corruption.

He cited the 50th Independence Anniversary matter before Justice Nicholas Brown Mark which he said has lasted for more five years.

The Commission, he concluded, is currently in dire need of the requisite resources to refurbish the former Special Court Building so that it can start using it for speedy trials.