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SLFA Corruption Trial:

Isha Johansen, Chris Kamara to be tried on 3 counts

October 16, 2018

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Suspended Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Isha Johansen and Secretary General Chris Kamara will now be tried on counts one, two and three of their indictment.

This, after Justice Reginald Fynn, ruled on a no case submission by the defense counsel.

Justice Fynn also ruled that Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutor, Calvin Mantsebo, failed to prove his case on counts four to eleven, thus acquitting and discharging both accused on the said eight count charges.

The ACC had in 2017 charged Johansen and Kamara with 11 counts of corruption related offences.

After the closure of the persecution’s case, counsel for both defendants, Africanus Sorie Sesay, made a no case submission, insisting that the prosecution had failed to prove their case.

The commission had pressed charges against the SLFA duo on various corruption offences, including misappropriation, conspiracy, and abuse of office, contrary to the amended Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.

Count one states that both accused persons misappropriated donor funds, contrary to Section 37 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

According to the prosecution, both accused persons misappropriated US$50,000 donated to the SLFA by the Confederation of African Football for the purpose of conducting Magnetic Resonance Tests (MRTs) on 30 members of the Sierra Leone U-17 national team in Niger.

The ACC on count two alleges that both accused persons conspired to commit a corruption offence, contrary to Section 128 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

Counts four to ten alleges that the first accused abused her office contrary to Section 42 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

Meanwhile, counsel for the defense is expected to open their case on 31st October.