Prominent Sierra Leonean Lawyer, James Blyden Jenkins-Johnston has passed away today.


Mr Jenkins-Johnston who is known to champion human rights and constitutionalism, died on Friday morning after a brief illness. A friend of the deceased and leading civil society member confirmed the death to Sierraloaded

Until his death, He was a legal luminary of 40 years standing and was known for initially handling the Supreme court case between President Ernest Bai and the elected Vice-President, Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam Sumana but was later sacked after irrencilable differences between him and his client, Sam-Sumana.

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He expressed relief to be out of arguably the biggest constitutional matter in democratic Sierra Leone, albeit after three months on the case.

It could be recalled that Mr. Jenkins-Johnston was also dramatically replaced as counsel by deceased former Special Court indictee, Chief Sam Hinga Norman in May 2004, just before the start of his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Mr Jenkins-Johnston is also a social media activist and anti corruption crusade.