16th December 2018
Sierra Leone Bar Dubbs Government's Commission of Inquiry as Unconstitutional!
By a press release (04/11/18)
The Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) has blasted the Commission of Inquiry, claiming it's contravenes the country's 1991 Constitution.
Reports say the Bar Association raises these concerns because Section 6 of the constitutional instruments for the setting up of the SLPP government Commissions of Inquiry recently approved by parliament which they claim is inconsistent with the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
SLBA has therefore urged the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Priscilla Schwartz to take the necessary steps to ensure that the rules and practice governing the Commissions of Inquiry are established by the Rules of Court Committee in accordance with section 150 of the 1991 Constitution.
"That particular section of constitutional instruments says the Commission of Inquiry shall not be bound by the current rules of evidence and procedures used in the courts of Sierra Leone in civil and criminal matters," SLBA concluded. (Photo: Justice Minister Priscilla Schwartz, unlikely to oppose the Commission of Inquiry).
Courtesy: By FreetownStories