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Failure to pay NASSIT contributions

Le100m Bail for owner of Balmaya Restaurant

August 29, 2019

By Ibrahim K Turay

Magistrate Mark Negeba at the Pademba Road Court No. 2 yesterday slammed hundred Million Leones bail to the owner of the Balmaya Restaurant, Philippe Charles Zollner, for failing to pay National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) contributions for his staff.

The accused was charged to court on two counts of failing to pay Social Security contribution contrary to Section 32)1) (c) of the NASSIT Act No. 5. Of 2001

The charge says the owner of the said restaurant failed to give reasonable excuse for not complying with the provision of the aforementioned Act and its regulations.

Lawyer Fara Khan Sesay alleges that the Balmaya Restaurant, being an establishment and “employer” respectively under the NISSAT Act No. 5. Of 2001, on diverse date between April 2016 and March 2018 at 32 Main Motor Road, Congo Cross  in Freetown, failed to pay social security contributions for it workers to the Trust within the required period

  1. Conteh Lawyer, for the defense pleaded with the magistrate to grant bail to the accused.

The magistrate granted the bail in the sum of Le100 Million, plus one surety in like some, and adjourned the matter to 2nd September, 2019.

In another development in the same court, Magistrate Sahr Kerkur jailed one Yirrah Marrah to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of five million Leones to one Isatu Kamara

The convict was before the court on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20 (1) (IV) (a) of the Larceny Act 1916.

Police Inspector, Milk Barry alleges that Roben Yirrah Marrah on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at Jeneba Drive, Regent Freetown, fraudulently converted to his own use or benefit, certain property that is to say, eighteen (18) woods of board, property of Isata Kamara.