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DPP contemplates line of action

Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of the Freetown Court No 3 on Friday again adjourned the trial of the Standard Times managing editor, Phillip Neville, against the Inspector General of police.
On August 21, state counsel Gerald J. Soyei asked for an adjournment to last Friday even though he could not give reasons for that.
And on Friday, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Oladipo Robin Mason also requested for an adjournment of the trial to September 5 because they were contemplating a line of action.
Four prosecution witnesses have testified in the trial so far. The fourth was the SLBS’ cameraman, Henry Smith, who tendered exhibits of recorded cassettes of the Libyan leader’s visit to the country which were viewed by the court on August 9.
The accused, Phillip Neville, has already retracted the Libyan rice story, running it on five publications.
That retraction would have expected action on the two adjourned dates.  But state counsel Gerald J. Soyei could not comment on the last adjourned date on whether they would drop charges against the accused or not, he said the matter was sensitive as he could not comment.

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