Dressed in a colorful well-fitting traditional attire and looking rosy and very healthy and obviously having put on some weight, the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs in the erstwhile President Ernest Bai Koroma government apart from nodding her head at friends and acquaintances and consulting with her lawyer said very little.
She is being represented by erudite human rights lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson. During the hearing, lawyer representing Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Melron Nicol-Wilson, applied for some documents to be presented by State counsels before the proceedings into his client’s matter could start proper.
Making a submission on behalf of his client Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden, at Commission 65 presided by Justice Bankole Thompson, Melron Nicol-Wilson said his client submitted herself to the Commission after receiving a public notice, demanding her appearance as a person of interest, but that no specific reasons were given for that.
He then asked for the following:
1. That State counsel disclose summary of the case against his client, so that she knows the case against her;
2. That State counsel provide all witnesses’ statements that they wish to rely on against his client;
3. Provide all exculpatory evidences that State would have come to know in the course of investigating his client.
After a brief legal battle match between the State counsel R.B. Kowa and Defence counsel Melron Nicol-Wilson, the matter was adjourned to Wednesday September 4, after the State agreed to provide some documents as per the practice procedure of the Commissions of Inquiry.
Lawyer R.B. Kowa lamely argued that he had packaged some papers to be served Dr. Blyden or her legal representative but that they lacked a specific address to send them in order to prevent them from not getting them.