December 20, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Justice Mohamed Sengu Koroma, presiding at the Freetown High Court, yesterday granted bail Abdul Akim Koroma a.k.a. ‘Borboh for E-Mot’ bail of Le100 million plus two sureties in like sum who should be property owners in Freetown.
The accused, who has already spent close to two years on remand, is currently standing trial in the High Court on fourteen counts relating to obtaining money by false presence contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
State Prosecutor, L.O.R.D Jones alleges that the accused in October 2015 obtained the sum of Le20 million from petty traders by falsely representing that he would help them secure a soft loan from the government, through President Ernest Bai Koroma, knowing same to be false.
In her bail application, Lawyer O.C. Spencer-Coker from the Legal Aid Board informed the court that the accused is a citizen who doesn’t pose a flight risk and that he has reliable sureties to stand in for him.
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She added that her client will always be available in court when needed.
During the preliminary investigation conducted by incident (6th November, 2017), at around 8:30, he was a guest at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).hen Magistrate Aboubakarr Binneh Kamara, Chairlady of the Petty Traders, who doubles as one of the complainants, Mammy Hawa Kamara, testified knowing the accused person for several years.
She described the accused as a State House employee who had been assisting them in diverse ways, including leading them to President Koroma.
According to the witness, the trust and confidence in the accused person became solidified after his assistance led to repair of their market stalls.
She recalled in October 2015 when the accused person approached her organisation and informed them about a soft loan from the United Nations to market women, through State House.
The Matter was adjourned to 8th January, 2018.