Musa Tarawally, 4 Others In Court Feb. 24

Five Persons of Interest (POIs), Dennis K. Vandi (COI.APP.1/2020), Alhaji Musa Tarawally (COI.APP. 2/2020), Barba B. Fortune (COI APP.4/2020), Mani Koroma (COI.APP.46/2020) and Umaru A. Conteh (COI.APP.47/2020) who filed in appeals against the findings of the just concluded Commissions of Inquiry (COI), on the 20th January, 2021 appeared before three Court of Appeal Justices; Hon. Justice Ivan Sesay (JA), Hon. Justice Momo Jah-Stevens and Hon. Justice Adrian Fisher (J).

The Persons of Interest are before the Court of Appeals on grounds that the evidence adduced is against the weight of the COI, adding that the Commissions lack the mandate to levy such sanction.

Three of the POIs, Alhaji Musa Tarawally, Dennis K. Vandi and Barba B. Fortune were represented by lawyer M. P. Fofanah Esq. whilst Mani Koroma was represented by B and J Partners Law Firm. Umaru A. Conteh was not represented.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice was represented by J.A.K Sesay, A. Sheku and P. Williams all from the Law Officer’s Department.

The Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Ivan Sesay gave the following directions to both Appellant’s lawyers and the Respondent:

That the synopsis of the Appellant be filed and served on the Respondent within fourteen (14) days and after receiving the synopsis of the Appellant, the Respondent should also file and serve the Appellant within fourteen days.

The hearing to the matter stands adjourned to the 24th February, 2021.