January 17, 2022
By Jeneba A Conteh
The High Court of Sierra Leone holden in Bo city presided by the Justice Anthony Ganda has on Thursday, 13th January, 2022, sentenced Edward Mustapha Luseni, a
former staff of the Anglican Diocese, to pay a fine of thirty million Leones (Le 30,000,000) or serve three years imprisonment following his conviction on six (6) out of eight (8) counts of corruption offences.
The accused, together with Bishop Emmanuel Tucker, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bo, were before the court on eight (8) counts of misappropriation of donor funds contrary to section 37(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008.
Bishop Emmanuel Tucker was acquitted and discharged on all eight counts, while Edward Mustapha Luseni was convicted on counts 3 to 8 and acquitted and discharged on counts 1 and 2.
Justice Anthony Ganda further ordered that, within three months from the date of conviction, Edward Mustapha Luseni should pay to the Anti-Corruption Commission the sum of a further thirty million Leones (Le 30,000,000)as restitution.
It could be recalled that, in April 2018, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed an indictment relating to the misappropriation of donations made by the Trinity Wall Street in the United States of America to the Anglican Diocese of Bo meant for the provision of relief supply for the Ebola epidemic and for the provision of agricultural and educational support for the south and eastern provinces of Sierra Leone.