Mrs Amie Bensouda should recuse herself from The Janneh Commission!!!
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Right Article 10. – “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an Independent and impartial tribunal in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charges against him”.
Lawyers, as guardians of the law, play a vital role in the preservation of society. The fulfilment of this requires an understanding by lawyers of their relationship with and function in our legal system. A consequent obligation of lawyers is to maintain the highest standard of ethical conduct.
A lawyer should not maintain membership in or be influenced by any organization that undertakes to prescribe, direct or suggest when or how to fulfil his/her professional obligations to a person or organization that employs the lawyer.
Maintaining the independence of professional judgments required of a lawyer precludes acceptance or continuation of employment that will adversely affect the lawyer’s judgement on behalf of or dilute the lawyer’s loyalty to a client.
In my own opinion she is not qualify to be lead counsel to The Janneh commission of Enquiry probing the affairs of the former President whom she and family got personal vendetta, (If one person has a vendetta against another, the first person wants revenge for something the second person did to them in the past.)
Secondly, she is a sympathizer/supporter of UDP party which is part of this Coalition Government that engages her service to the commission, proven beyond reasonable doubt by the selection of her son as The UDP mayoral candidate for KMC, which has compromised her independence and impartiality to execute her duties with all fairness.
Judicial disqualification, also referred to as recusal, refers to the act of abstaining from participation in an official action such as a court case/legal proceeding due to a conflict of interest of the presiding court official or administrative officer.
Applicable statutes or canons of ethics may provide standards for recusal in a given proceeding or matter. Providing that the judge or presiding officer must be free from disabling conflicts of interest makes the fairness of the proceedings less likely to be questioned.
Fatou Jagne Jaiteh/UK