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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Bogus Malian arms informant to stand trial at the High Court

By Hawa Amara 

David Traore, a Malian, yesterday had his case committed to the High Court after the conclusion of a preliminary investigation by Magistrate Komba Kamanda at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2.

Traore was arraigned late last year for allegedly misinforming security operatives that two trailers loaded with arms and ammunition were on their way to the country from Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Before pronouncing his ruling, Magistrate Kamanda recalled that the prosecution called three witnesses as well as tendered the statement of the accused during the investigation. He said the prosecution had alleged that the accused had informed security personnel in Bo and Kambia respectively that his boss in Benin was a cocaine dealer and that he was due to import drugs and arms and ammunition into Sierra Leone onboard two trailers.

“This issue is very serious and cannot be kept under the carpet. The information the accused gave to the customs officers in Bo, Kambia and State House has the tendency to create panic in our country,” he emphasized, before committing the matter to the High Court for trial.

The accused was also denied bail, and was remanded at the Pademba Road prison until the trial commences any time this year.

David Traore, a Malian who claims to be a computer engineer, was late last year arraigned on three counts of conspiracy to cause public mischief, contrary to the law of Sierra Leone. The prosecution alleged that he had on diverse dates between 2nd and 8th October 2013 in Bo, Kambia and at State House in Freetown, provided false intelligence to state security officials that certain two trailers full of arms and ammunition had been dispatched from Cotonou, Benin Republic, with the aim to unleash terror on the people of Sierra Leone.

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