Court trial on Samura Kamara and others…

Lawyer Ady Macauley exposes  Alie Kabba

The ACC trial of Samura Kamara and five others resumed Thursday March 17, with Defense Counsel for Samuara Kamara, Ady Macauley Esq., continuing with cross examination of ACC prosecution witness No1, James Bockarie Noah, who is also the Chief of Investigation at the ACC. 

Ady Macauley Esq. threw the opening salvo by asking PW1 if he brought the Note Verbal by which Alie Kabba instructed the then Director General of Foreign Affairs, Paul Minah, to send to the Chinese Government instructing them to pay into the account  of a private Company, ETIC SARL Ltd. the $1,000,000 they  donated to the GOSL for the renovation of the New York Chancery building.

 PW1 – initially wanted to deny, until Ady Macauley tendered in Court Alie Kabba’s statement, in which he admitted to have given instructions as foreign Minister to Paul Minah to pay the money into the Private Account.

Ady Macauley Esq. further challenged the ACC witness that their investigations revealed that the Shareholders of ETIC SARL Ltd were Alie Kabba’s relatives. The ACC Witness again denied that was the case, Ady Macauley Esq. again pointed the ACC Witness to Alie Kabba’s Statement, where he admitted that Abduoul Raman Kabba and Musa Kamara were his relatives. The ACC witness reluctantly accepted again that the Shareholders of ETIC SARL Ltd were Alie Kabba’s relatives. 

Through his gruelling Cross Examination; Ady Macauley Esq. was able to show that ETIC SARL Ltd was only incorporated few days before the Chinese Govt paid the $1,000,000 into its account. The Company was only setup as a vehicle to receive the funds donated by China.

The ACC investigator also admitted, during patient, but lengthy cross examination by Ady Macauley Esq. that Samuara Kamara did not:

1. Submit for approval any payment to New York Chancery account for the renovations

2. Approve any payment to the New York Chancery Account.

3. Sign any documents for the transfer of Any amount to New York Chancery Account

The Witness accepted that during the tenure of Samuara Kamara as Foreign Minister only $1,000,000 was approved and transferred by the Minister of Finance and the Financial Secretary to New York Chancery Account.  He further accepted that all the other payments and transfers to New York were made when Samuara Kamara was no longer the Minister of Finance. 

The trial continues next Thursday 24th March 2024.

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