By Alhaji Koroma
Magistrate Albert Moody on 26th July granted bail of one million to Francis Josiah who was before him for insulting Country’s Information and Communications Minister, Mohamed Bangura on social media.
Accused Francis Josiah was charged with six counts of defamatory libel and insulting conduct contrary to section (26) of No 46 of the 1965 Public Order Act.
It was alleged that the accused on Thursday 13th July, on number of whatsapp groups: ‘Ranka Politicians Must Go,’ ‘Monologue-the Good Governance’ and ‘APC vs SLPP’ used obscene language against the Minister of Information to wit
“he (Info Minister isn’t the father of his son” with pictures of the latter’s wife and son posted too.
Assistant Superintendent Samuel Kamara, as prosecution officer sought for an adjournment on grounds that the DPP intends take over from him in the next hearing.
Lawyer representing the accused, Alhaji Mustapha Kamara Esq. applied for bail on behalf of his client, noting however that he was on bail whilst under police investigation.
That the accused has reliable sureties and would will not jump bail.
ASP Samuel Kamara, however, objected to bail application, claiming that even though the charges are bailable, they are serious offences.
“There is the likelihood that the accused will repeat the offences. I am not objecting to bail because I want to punish the accused, but because I want it serve as deterrent to others,” he noted.
The matter was adjourned to Monday 1th August, 2017.