The courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ on Thursday, February 13, broke into laughter when volumes of fake deeds, allegedly used by Arab Kamara to sell 500 acres of the intestate estate of the late Elizabeth Moore Johnson, were publicly displayed.
Displaying the documents, Madam Hesta Baker, testifying as the prosecution’s first witness, alleged “These are photocopies of transfer deeds, bearing the signatures of defendant Kamara and his wife who attest the authenticity (validity, accuracy) of the deeds, as witnesses.”
When asked about the original deeds, she angrily replied, “I do not have them, but you can asked Kamara, he had them!”
Witness Baker is one of the granddaughters of the deceased and an administrator of the Estate.
“Look at the deeds you will see the signatures of some of my siblings like Cllr. Jusu Woods. Kamara forged their signatures. They were outside of the country when Kamara placed their signatures on his transfer deeds,” she claimed.
Madam Baker said some of the deeds were dated back to the 1980s which she and her siblings were residing in the United States of America (USA). According to her, during the Military coup she and her husband Goda Baker sought refuge in USA. “We returned in 1989 and asked him for the original copies of our properties’ deeds, but he refused to give them to me,” she said. “Unfortunately the 1990 civil war erupted and we went back to the USA.”
Finally, witness Baker told the Court that in 2007 she and her husband returned to the country. “When we came back in 2007, we saw houses worth millions of United States dollars constructed on the Estate. We decided to asked those people residing on our properties and they told us that it was Kamara who sold the land to them.” Madam Baker alleged.
Based on the residents' responses, witness Baker said, she reported the matter to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
“MOJ conducted their investigation and forwarded its finding to the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), where Kamara works as training officer,” she alleged. It was after the MLME’s investigation, she noted that defendant Kamara was dismissed from the employment of the Ministry.
“The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy placed Kamara on probation during and after his investigation. He was subsequently dismissed.” Defendant Kamara was indicted of the crime, Theft of Property, by the grand jury of Montserrado County, following a complaint from the children of the intestate estate of the late Elizabeth Moore Johnson. They claimed that without authorization, defendant Kamara criminally sold 500 acres of the estate, valued at US$4 million. Defendant Kamara, however, denied the claim when the indictment was read to him in open court.