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CONSTITUTE PANELS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT CASES …Lawyer Appeals to Chief Justice

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CONSTITUTE PANELS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT CASES

Lawyer Appeals to Chief Justice

Human Rights Lawyer Augustine S Marah, has written an open appeal letter to Lordship Chief Justice, Abdulai Cham to constitute panels for constitutional right cases before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

He said that the open appeal letter is in respect of two cases; one filed by the Renaissance Movement against the Inspector General of Police (Supreme Court(SC).NO.2/2017) and the other filed by himself against the same Defendant, the Inspector General of Police (Supreme Court(SC)NO.8/2018).

The erudite lawyer reminded the Lordship Chief Justice to fully appreciates, these matters border on fundamental rights and freedoms which according to him are the very bedrock of a free and democratic society.

He stated that the former matter which was filed in the first quarter of 2017 like the latter filed in the first half of this year are yet to be assigned panels for their considerations and determinations by the Supreme Court.(see below the letter to the Chief Justice)

Augustine Sorie-sengbe Marrah esq.

LLB. (Hons); LLM (HRDA—Pretoria); BL.

Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone

81 Pademba Road,                                       Tel: +23276497991

Freetown.                                                       asmarrah@kmksolicitors.com

14th September 2018

The Hon. Chief Justice

Chambers of the Chief Justice

Law Court Building,

Siaka Stevens Street,

Freetown.

 

My lord Chief Justice,

RE: OPEN APPEAL TO CONSTITUTE PANELS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT CASES BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF SIERRA LEONE

 

My lord, this open appeal is in respect of two cases; one filed by the Renaissance Movement against the Inspector General of Police (SC.NO.2/2017) and the other filed by me against the same Defendant, the Inspector General of Police (S.C.NO.8/2018). As Your lordship fully appreciates, these matters border on fundamental rights and freedoms which are the very bedrock of a free and democratic society. The former matter which was filed in the first quarter of 2017 like the latter filed in the first half of this year are yet to be assigned panels for their considerations and determinations by the Supreme Court.

 

Your Lordship would agree with me that our domestic jurisprudence on constitutional rights and freedoms has been palsied by courtroom technicalities or like in the cases of these two matters, the disinclination of the court to give considerations to the same. With what appears to me to be an entrenched judicial impassive sentiment to fundamental rights and freedoms, the safeguard and upholding of human rights through judicial adjudication in or country would be elusive. The implication of which would be the continuing starvation of the creation and development of a human right-friendly society. Lamentably while our West African sister nations abound with several hundreds of decided human rights cases adjudicated by their own domestic tribunals.

 

My lord, as a recipient of the prestigious Vera Chirwa award from the Centre for Human rights, University of Pretoria, a leading human right institution on the continent, and yourself being an alumnus of the said centre, it respectfully behooves the Supreme Court under your leadership to give a firm footing to the respect for constitutional rights and what better way to do that than by expeditious assignment of any matter alleging abuse of fundamental rights as protected by the governing law of our nation.

 

In view of the foregoing, I am most respectfully urging Your Lordship to consider constituting panels for the aforesaid matters so as to elevate the adjudication of constitutional right matters to the normative primacy they wield in our nation’s constitution.

 

While thanking Your Lordship for the usual courtesy to akin matters, I trust that your Honourable office would treat the matters aforesaid with the urgency of action they sorely deserve.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Augustine S. Marrah esq.

Cc: File

 

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