May 22, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) this week charged to court four suspects for allegedly stealing some 140 air conditioners at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay, according to Chief Superintendent Ibrahim Koroma aka Size Man, at a press briefing organized by the force.
According to the CID Director, after the case was transferred to them from Central Police Division, his team conducted thorough investigations before they charged the four suspects with the offences of conspiracy, larceny and receiving stolen goods. He said the quartet is currently detained at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road.
In another development, the CID Director revealed that after receiving intelligence from a reliably source, they were able to conduct a successful raid on suspected pirates of CD, VCD and DVD plates in the Western Area and arrested eight people, all foreign nationals from Nigeria and Liberia.
He said the suspects were arrested while in possession of exhibits of equipment like burners, HP printers, videos and audio plates used for their illegal enterprise.
He therefore urged local artistes to put in place mechanisms to protect their patent rights, as piracy is a criminal offence in the country.
An anti-piracy Act was passed in 2011 which imposes a jail term of not less than three years on offenders, although, like many laws in the country, there are challenges of effective implementation.
Meanwhile, some of local artistes in the country have commended the CID raid and called on detectives to be more robust in protecting the intellectual property rights of citizens.
Gospel singer Millicent Rhodes told this press that the raid should be conducted regularly to prevent those engaged in the dastardly act and for entertainers to realize more dividends from their talent.