Originally Posted by FAO Mr Hamelburg
CH you have been away far too long. This is irrefutable. The judges are known. bankrupt?
Many thanks for the confirmation. I have no reason to not take your word for it, that those five scoundrels are the very ones who sat on the Sam-Sumana case, against their own conscience, trying to win the approval of their idol Ernest Bai Koroma
Torah : Justice, justice shall you pursue
Islam : Justice
I had thought that even for a layman like me, it was plain to see that Mr. President was too eager, too zealous and in too great a vindictive haste to nail his vice-President and when it happened ( a couple of years ago) the only cause of my initial doubt was the provision / possibility that one or two of the learned judges could “err” in their judgement and that the learned judges could surely not be unanimous in their decision not to send the president’s case down the drain but should choose to pervert justice instead?
The question is, are they indeed “learned judges”?
Are the qualified with the requisite essential of honesty?
Parshah Shoftim which deals with justice, the ethical roots of the Sierra Leone legal system.
Deuteronomy 16 : 18 - 19 reads :
18. Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your cities - which HASHEM, your God, gives you - for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgement.
19.You shall not pervert judgement, you shall not respect someone’s presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and make just words crooked
The commentary on these two verses is emphatic : “Most of the Sidrah deals with the commandments directed to the leaders of the nation,because their conduct has a powerful influence on the rest of the people, for good or bad, In addition, the Torah warns forcefully that decisions of the Sanhedrin must be obeyed( 17:10-13) , for God granted its sages the power to interpret the Torah’s laws on a day-to-day basis. If there were to be a breakdown of respect for their interpretation, the downfall of the nation would not be far behind. ;such a breakdown would lead to anarchy, with the Torah being fragmented into many Torahs,,
The mere appointment of personages to staff the courts is not sufficient; they must be qualified and righteous., so that they will judge honestly and correctly. If the community has a hand in appointing unqualified judges, God holds them all responsible for the resultant perversions of justice.”
Just now, after reading the learned, former Sierra Leone Attorney-General and later on Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Chief Justice of Belize Abdulai O Conteh’s submission to President Koroma - and SLPP flag-bearer Julius Maada Bio’s brave words to his president I hope that Mr. President doesn’t stick to his guns or dig himself further into the hole that he’s in.
In an earlier thread I did ask the question about the quality and competence of the judiciary - that it’s not a matter of Creole/non-Creole, Sierra Leonean/ foreigner :
“The Sam-Sumana debacle is the answer to the question of what has happened to the separation of powers in the Sierra Leone Democracy during EBK’s two term mandate : The whole affair testifies to the dubious quality and competence/incompetence) of Sierra Leone’s Judiciary under EBK , a judiciary now reduced to the function of rubber-stamping the dictates of its undemocratic master’s will, in this simple instance of the unlawful sacking of Sierra Leone’s Vice-president by not following any proper procedure - according to the Sierra Leone Constitution, - not even consulting parliament, thereby holding decision-maker and commander-in-chief President EBK, his attorney-general and the Sierra Leone judiciary to international derision/ ridicule, maybe even contempt.”