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Acting Chief Justice awaits Attorney General

It would appear that a letter sent to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice allegedly describing the current Acting Chief Justice as an interested party in a suit filed at the High Court of the Republic of Sierra Leone has caused the Acting Chief Justice  to reserve his comment and wait for the response of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Mr. Raymond E. Jones is the Respondent in the matter that has to do with a piece of land allegedly owned by the Respondent father,the late Magnus Jones in Waterloo.

Mr. Valesius Thomas, whilst he was a private legal practitioner had represented the uncle of the Respondent, himself the late Kershope T.C.Macfoy. The matter took over two years in the court of Justice Musu Kamara without conclusion. Not too long ago, the matter was assigned to Justice Alusine Sesay for trial during the administration of Lawyer Valesius Thomas as Acting Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

In a letter dated 29th April, 2015 to the Attorney General, the Respondent, Mr. Raymond E.Jones stated that the Acting Chief Justice is an interested party to the suit and in his opinion he feels that he would not get justice and was therefore asking for a stay of action of the proceeding.

As if the letter to the Attorney General and correspondences attached to it, were not enough, the Respondent had explained in Court in the last adjourned date presided over by Justice Alusine Sesay how he perceived the Acting Chief Justice as an interested party to the suit and why he feels he would not get justice in the matter.

The letter from the Respondent was copied to various institutions including his lawyer, Mr. Fio Edwards, Lawyer Bernard Jones, the Acting Chief Justice, Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Commission, the media and the standard times Newspaper among others.

Effort by this medium to get the Acting Chief Justice comment on what the paper considered an allegation; despite there are correspondences showing the representation of lawyer Valesius Thomas in the matter has proven fruitless.

Reporter Salieu Conteh had made several attempts to interview the Chief Justice, but all attempts did not yield any dividend. On 7th May, 2015 in response to the paper’s official request for an interview with the Acting Chief Justice, the Administrative Assistant to the office of the Chief Justice wrote “The Acting Chief Justice is in receipt of a copy, letter dated 5th May,2015 written by Raymond Jones addressed to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice with a specific request. The Acting Chief Justice awaits the response of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. In the meantime, since the case subject matter of Mr. Jone’s letter is sub-judice, the Acting Chief Justice is regrettably unable to discuss the matter with a newspaper reporter. Standard times will be well advised to take legal advice on this matter before rushing to judgment and publishing untruths, and possibly libelous materials”

Editor’s note: We also await the response of the Attorney General on the request of the Respondent

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