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VP Foh, 4 others still in ACC rope

October 14, 2019

By Ibrahim K. Turay

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Justices Reginald Sydney Fynn, last Friday (11th October, 2019) ruled that the former appointed Vice President of Sierra Leone, Victor Bockarie Foh and four former government officials, who were before him for corruption, have a case to answer.

On the contrary, he discharged the National Deputy Chairman of the All People Congress (APC), Minkailu Mansaray and one Mohamed Alie Bah.

The ruling came after lawyers for the ex-government officials had submitted to the court that their clients have no-case to answer, thus urging the court to discharge them. But the prosecution, which had led seven witnesses, insisted that they have proffered sufficient evidence against the men.

But the judge told the court that for a no-case submission to succeed, Lord Lane suggested two limbs: whether the evidence adduced has failed to prove the offence charged and that even if there is evidence that the defendant committed the offence, the evidence is such that it will be unsafe to convict the defendant on it.

The judge said he has found no case made against Mansaray and Bah on charges including, engaging in a project without prior planning, knowingly misleading the commission and the conspiracy charge.

“I have found no case made out on the charges as brought against Minkailu Mansaray 3rd defendant and Mohamed Allie Bah 4ht defendant. I hereby discharge the two of them accordingly,” he ruled.

However, the other accused persons who are still before the court include Sheka Sahid Kamara, former Special Assistant to former ex-President Koroma, Ibrahim Fackeh Conteh and Abu Bakarr Carew, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Welfare.

The Commission had alleged that the accused persons conspired to mislead the ACC by making statement to the investigators that the sum of US$60,000 was handed over to the 2nd accused, Victor Foh by 1st accused Sheka Sahid Kamara, when the actual amount was US$80,000.

The ACC also claimed that Sheka Sahid Kamara on dates between 1st July and 30th September 2017 misappropriated the sum of Le300, 000,000 donated to the Government of Sierra Leone for Muslims intending to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

It was also alleged that Abu Bakarr Carew on diverse dates between 1st and 30th August 2017 failed to comply with the appropriate procedure by approving the withdrawal of US$314,000 by Sheka Sahid Kamara from the Hajj Account No.003001012636100284 at ECObank.

Meanwhile, the four accused persons are expected to open their case on 11th November, 2019.