Former Deputy Education Minister granted Bail By Mohamed Konneh It was dancing and jubilation in court on Friday 20th September when the former Deputy Minister of Education Science and Technology, Mamoud Tarawalie was granted bail by presiding magistrate Tonyia Barnet. The former deputy minister standing trail accused of raping and assaulting a 24-year-old university student was granted bail in the sum of one hundred Million Leones and two sureties each. In her submission Magistrate Barnet ordered the accused to surrender all traveling documents noting that bail should be approved by the master and registrar. The jam-packed court went into jubilation no sooner the presiding magistrate pronounce the granting of bail to the accused person with supporters of the minister jumping into dancing and singing. The ruling APC party song took all over the court room as friend, family members and supporters of the former Deputy Minister joined the jubilation. Presiding Magistrate Barnet after which draw the attention of the accused person about his responsibility. The accused was warned not to give interview to any media outlet and warned family members to comport themselves whilst the trail is in progress. The presiding magistrate call on the police to provide security for the victim noting the safety of the allege victim lies in their hands. The matter was then adjourned to September 26th this year for commencement. The former deputy minister will now breathe a sigh of relief with bail granted to him after two consecutive refusals by the court. The rape victim was not in court on Friday, but her absence did not stop proceedings. The former Education Deputy Minister standing trail in court was charge with 4 counts of indecent assault and rape on a 24-year-old university student. He was charged to court on Monday 9th September 2013 but only gain freedom on Friday after he was granted bail by the presiding magistrate. The case will come up again on Thursday 26th September 2013.
Posted on: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:22:23 +0000
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