Commission rules against Amadou Samba’s lawyer

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Surahata Janneh, the chairman of the commission that is looking into the assets and financial transactions of former President Yahya Jammeh, yesterday made a ruling against Amadou Samba’s lawyer, Mary Samba.

This development followed the application made by Lawyer Mary Samba on 25 October 2017, for the commission to discharge the interim order it made to restrain her client, Amadou Samba.

In his ruling, Mr Janneh told the commission that Mr Samba was free to apply to the commission to discharge the order it made to restrain him, adding that it was only Amadou Samba who made an application for the commission to discharge the order through his lawyer.

He said that no relevant argument was made by Mary Samba for the commission to discharge its order.

At this juncture, he referred to the commission of inquiry set by the AFPRC in 1994, adding that it was not the APRC that instituted the commission of inquiry.

Mr Janneh further posited that Mr Samba and others have been named as associates of the former president, adding that millions of money have been lost, and that the loss is colossal.

He adduced that the interim order of the commission was not inconsistent with the mandate of the commission.

He said that the application made by Mary Samba on behalf of Amadou Samba to discharge the interim order of the commission was rejected.

At this juncture, he referred to the rules of the High Court, and also cited a Nigerian authority to support his ruling.

Mr Janneh told the commission that the argument made by Mary Samba that her client was not given a fair hearing was also rejected by the commission.

He further stated that the application failed in its entirety, and was dismissed.

The other two commission members said they agreed on the ruling made by the chairman, Surahata Janneh.

Mary Samba then applied to the commission to get a copy of the ruling and records of proceedings.

Mr Janneh advised her to get in touch with the secretary to make available to her the ruling and the records of proceedings.

Mr Janneh then announced that the commission was adjourning the sittings until 7 November 2017, for a recess for a week.

The lead counsel, Amie Bensuda, then said that Amadou Samba would be required to continue his testimony on 13 November.

Author: Dawda Faye
Source: Picture: Amadou Samba