February 9, 2017 By Regina Pratt
Eight workers of Community Empowerment For Rural Development (CEFORD), PLAN International Sierra Leone and Bombali Youth in Action were on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of five hundred million Leones each, after they made their first appearance before Justice Komba Kamanda in the High Court.
The eight accused persons include; Akuna Daniel Shorunkeh Sawyer- Quality Assurance officer, Christian Clemens, Blaise Turay- Admin officer, Patrick Abubakarr Mahoi , Moses Ogendeh Kamara -Chief Executive Officer of CEFORD, Mohamed Ishamyle Bangura -Coordinator Bombali Youth in Action, Abubakarr Kanu and Hassan Bangura.
The accused persons were arraigned on 15 related count charges of conspiracy to commit corruption offences, misappropriation of donor funds and unexplained wealth among other offences.
According to the particulars of offence, on diverse dates in 2015, the accused persons conspired with other persons unknown to dishonestly misappropriate PLAN International Sierra Leone funds.
The accused persons were granted bail in the sum of five hundred million Leones with two sureties each.
The state was represented by Kelvin Matsebo, while the defendants were represented by various counsels including, Umaru N. Koroma, Sahid Sesay and Crispin Fio Edwards
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday February 21, 2017