Lead defense counsel, Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai in the ongoing sexual penetration matter involving Mohammed Kamarianba Mansaray, has informed the court that his client is battling prostate cancer and that it might get worse if he is not granted bail to allow him see his doctor for medical treatment.
“My lord the 1st accused is sick and his doctor says he is almost developing prostate cancer and if not treated it might get worse. And he says the last time he was given expired medicine that further affected his health,” he said.
Chairman and Leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) and former Sierra Leone 2018 presidential candidate, Mohamed Kamarianba Mansaray, and one Marion Aruni are currently before Justice Samuel Taylor in the High Court for several offences including conspiracy and sexual penetration of a child.
The defense team at the last adjourned date applied for the first accused to be granted bail due to his current medical status.
The presiding judge Samuel Taylor had ordered that the state conducts medical examination on the first accused and present the medical report to the court for determination of the health status of the accused as claimed by the defense team.
Addressing the court, Lawyer Saffa Abdulai informed the court that since the order was made, doctors have gone to the prison and conducted medical test on the accused, but until now the state has failed to make available the report of the test to the court.
He said the doctors who conducted the test also prescribed drugs for his client, which until now are yet to be provided to him.
He added that his client is neither allowed to see his family members nor his Lawyers and that anytime they attempt they are referred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for clearance.
“My lord, my client is being treated differently, even we his lawyers are not allowed to see him without us being referred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for clearance,” he said.
However, Justice Taylor ordered the Director General of Correctional Center to grant the defense lawyers access to their client anytime the need arises
“The court hereby orders the Director General of Correctional Center to grant access to the legal team of the 1st accused person anytime the need arises.
The court also directs that on the next adjourned date the report of the medical practitioner who examined the accused be made available to the court,” he ordered.
The matter comes up again.