Court determines release of Dasuki’s Passport Tuesday

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Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Federal high court has adjourned ruling on former National Security Adviser,  Sambo Dasuki’s application for treatment abroad.

At the resumed hearing on monday, Monday, Justice Adeniyi, the trial judge said that the court will make its decision known today.

“This morning I was given a copy of a reply, I think we better take that,” Adeniyi said.

Joseph Daudu SAN, counsel to the former NSA, had prayed the court to permit the defendant to travel abroad for a medical check up, by releasing his international passport to him.

He added that the need to travel came up Dasuki’s deteriorating health and that an appointment is scheduled with his doctors abroad in addition to a written address to support the motion.

Daudu also opposed the motion that the treatment for Dasuki’s ailment is on ground and available in National Hospital.

“My lord that is not a ground to refuse the application. The essence of this is that the defendant will appear at any subsequent hearing,” he said

He said: “So far, the applicant has diligently appeared in all hearings.”

He said there is a speculative possibility that more charges may be arise and his travelling out of the country will interfere the charges.

But referring to former Edo state governor James Ibori and other cases, Daudu said that such objection to the application should not hinder the freedom of movement of an innocent man who has been on bail.

“If the applicant was still in prison that would be different but having granted him bail and still denying him freedom is as good as having an innocent man in jail,” he said.

However, the prosecuting counsel said his team have been served a counter affidavit this morning.

He said the basis for the objection of the application is that the ailment disclosed by the applicant is such that can be treated in National Hospital.

Referring the court to an exhibit X1 attached to a counter affidavit said the second reason is that Dasuki is also been investigated in respect of other offenses of money laundering by security partners.

“On this point your lordship I refer this court to paragraph 4 of the counter affidavit,” he said.

He argued that a condition to which the defendant was granted bail was to deposit his travel documents with the court and if released means he is granted bail on no condition.

He also said that the three weeks for which Dasuki is asking for travel for medical treatment will only delay the trial.

He also said the referenced Ibori case is different from the present case.

“In that case, James Ibori was asked to produce shortees, but in this case the applicant was only asked to deposit his international passport,” he said.

The prosecuting counsel further asked the court to refuse the travel application as the case is exceptional.

Responding to the grounds, Daudu said those grounds are punitive and suggests imprisoning.

Dasuki was arraigned on fresh money laundering charges involving about N84.6 million and possession of illegal firearms.

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