Master and Registrar, 3 others make first appearance in court

April 10, 2019

By Regina Pratt

The Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Stephen Yayah Mansaray,  Adele Faya, Account Clerk of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone,  Isatu  Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara, and Abubakarr Bangura, both Revenue Officers of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), yesterday made their maiden  appearance before Justice Fatmata Bintu Alhadi presiding at the High Court.

The accused are before the court on two count charges of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence and misappropriation of public revenue, contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008, but they have denied the charges.

The particulars of offence are that the four accused persons between 12th and 20th March 2019, in Freetown, misappropriated the sum of Sixty Million Leones (Le 60,000,000.00) being revenue due the National Revenue Authority as fines paid by Mr. Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses in respect of sentence in the High Court of Sierra Leone.

Counsel for the first accused, Lansana Dumbuya, applied for bail, stating his client is still the Master and Registrar of the High Court, hence he was in a position to fulfill his bail conditions as he has credible sureties.

He said his client would not interfere with the prosecution as he is presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise, citing Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedures Act No. 32 of 1965.

Counsels for 2nd, 3rd and 4th accused persons also applied for bail, noting that they have credible sureties and that they will not interfere with the prosecution.

Justice Alhadi admitted the first accused, Stephen Yayah Mansaray to bail with two sureties, who should pay Le60 million to the sub-treasury of the Judiciary or produce evidence of a monthly salary of Le30 million each.

The judge said the accused person should deposit his travelling documents, national ID card and that he shouldn’t travel out of the jurisdiction until the instant case is heard and determined.

The judge cautioned him not to interfere with the prosecution and that he should attend court sittings on every adjourned date.

For the other accused persons, they should also be bailed by two sureties each who should pay the sum of Le30 million to sub-treasurer and must be property owners in the Western Area.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday April 30, 2019.