By Dauda Koroma
Mohamed Bangura (photo) and Yabom Sesay made their third appearance yesterday amid concerns about the health status of the opposition parliamentarian. The two are facing trial on five counts of assault on a senior police officer, riotous conduct and obstruction of police duty among others.
Prior to the granting of bail, the State Prosecutor Yusuf Issac Sesay informed the court that his witnesses were absent due to some constraints. These constraints prevented the prosecution from bringing them before the court. Due to these circumstances, he requested a fortnight’s adjournment in order to facilitate their attendance.
Defense counsels Joseph F. Kamara and Brima Koroma did not object to this application. They renewed their previous application for the court to grant bail to the accused persons.
Magistrate Mark Ngegba considered the defense plea and granted bail to each accused person the sum of NLe500,000 (500 million in old leones) bail plus 1 surety in like sum who must be above 40 years old or above with properties in the Western area valued not less than NLe350,00. In addition, the sureties should produce an evaluation certificate and utility bills. He said the bail should be approved by the Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone. The magistrate then adjourned the matter to Sept. 29.