While giving his ruling Justice Simeon Allieu ordered the accused persons to have sureties in Freetown with valid identification card which they must submit to the Master and Registrar.
Four accused persons likely to be flight risks Karamoh Kabba, Mohamed Jalloh, Hon. Dauda Kallon and Victor Remoe Doherty should submit their traveling documents/passports to the Master and Registrar of the court, the magistrate added.
The matter was transferred from Magistrate Court No.1 presided by Hannah Bonnie at Pademba Road to Justice Simeon Allieu of the High Court to look further into the matter.
Led in evidence by Police Prosecution Witness 1 Constable Joseph Collins of the Sierra Leone Police and answering to the state representative Soniade Barlatt, he disclosed that he issued a warrant of arrest for Ibrahim Conteh and 7 others for Conspiracy to Commit Riotous conduct, Disorderly Behavior, Wounding with Intent and other related felonies on 30th August 2019 at 08/09 hours.
He added that the warrant was endorsed accordingly and that the said warrant was in his custody.
Police Prosecution Witness 2, 15157 Detective Police Constable John Momoh Marah in answering to the State Counsel Yusuf Sesay, said he had a warrant of arrest for Brima Marah and 8 others in respect of the said charges and that he executed the Warrant of Arrest on the accused persons at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road in Freetown on Friday 30th August 2019 at 08/05 hours.
He added that he endorsed the warrant for the accused persons by writing the time, date, names and places of the prosecution and that the warrant was in his custody.
Police Prosecution Witness 3, 177681 Detective Police Sergeant Hassan Kargbo of the Sierra Leone Police said he had a Warrant of Arrest for Moses Musa Koroma and 7 others, and up to 16 others and that he executed the said Warrant of Arrest at the Male Correctional Centre, Pademba Road in Freetown.
Making his application, representative for the State, Lawyer Yusuf Sesay pleaded for the accused persons to serve the indictments which they have sought consent in writing together with proofs of evidence of witnesses to support the charges to be served on the accused persons.
He added that the application is made pursuant to Rule 17 of the indictment ex-officio information procedure rules of 1969 Public Notice 42 of 1969.
He further said that the trials of the said persons should be on the 18th September 2019.
Lead lawyer for the Defense Counsel Lawyer Melron Nicol Wilson making his application, admitted that the accused persons be admitted pursuant to the provision of sub-section 79 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Procedure Acts of 1965 as amended.
He added that the application is premised on public notice number 42 of 1969 indictment ex-officio information procedure rules of 1969 public notice 42 of 1969.
“These accused persons standing before you are very credible Sierra Leonean citizens and ordinary residents in the country; it is important to note that the 18th accused person in particular Victor Remoe Doherty has a compelling medical condition for which his doctor was present during the crime investigation and as such should be admitted to bail,” he pleaded.
He went on to say that the accused persons are not flight risks as they include a pastor, a former minister, an Honorable Member of Parliament and that they will be surrendering their passports and all relevant traveling documents to the court.
The matter was adjourned to 18th September 2019 for further hearing in the High Court.