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Two remanded for illegally brewing local beverage

January 30, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Two accused persons were this week remanded at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road for allegedly illegally reproducing 10 cartons of a non-alcoholic beverage called ‘Bitter Kola Energizer’.

The accused persons – Sulaiman Munu and Mamoud Kamara – were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and copyright violation, contrary to Section 71(d) of the Copyright Act of 2001.

According to police prosecutor Inspector J.M. Sanjah, the accused were found illegally producing 10 cartons of the non-alcoholic local beverage on 9 January 2015 at 15 Kissy Road in Freetown without the permission of Kadco Limited, who has patent right over the drink.

While testifying in court, Kadco storekeeper Paul G. Mansaray said his boss, Manish Kumar, had called him on 9 January and requested that he reports to the Eastern Police Station with some samples of the Bitter Kola energizer drink.

“When I arrived at the station the trade officer showed me some Bitter Kola energizer drink and asked me to show them some sample of the Kadco Product to distinguish between the two drinks,” Mansaray explained. “I noticed that the taste of the drink was different, their own stopper was used and the bottles were not sealed.”

He informed the court that the first accused (Munu) led them to a house at Blackhall Road where they discovered empty bottles, a pot with yellow roots in it and Kadco labels.

Exhibit Clerk Alusine S. Sesay attached to the Eastern Police Station, tendered two bags of Bitter Kola energizer drink, a bag of empty bottles, Kadco labels and stoppers as exhibit.

The accused were represented by defence counsel F.K. Garber, who applied for bail but was turned down.

The matter was adjourned to 4 February.