July 23, 2021
By Regina Pratt
The former Minister of Youth Affairs in the Ernest Bai Koroma regime, Alimamy Kamara, yesterday made his first appearance before Justice Hannah Bonnie of the Anti-Corruption High Court on corruption related offences.
Alimamy Kamara was indicted on nine count charges of failure to declare assets, income and liabilities, contrary to Section 122 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008, as amended by the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Act No. 9 of 2019.
His indictment was pursuant to a referral made to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) by the Commissions of Inquiry set up to investigate officials of the past administration between 2007 and 2018.
Counsel representing the state, Lawyer Umaru Sesay, informed the court that a fiat dated 13th July, 2021, was signed under the handwriting of the ACC Commissioner, to prosecute the matter on behalf of the state.
He applied that the matter be tried by judge alone.
He said his application will not create any injustice to the matter, but in the interest of a speedy and expeditious trial.
Defense counsel for the accused, Lawyer Africanous Sesay, applied for bail which was granted to the accused person in his own recognisance.
According to the particulars of offence, Alimamy Kamara, whilst serving as Member of Parliament, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran, respectively, failed to declare his assets, income and liabilities with the ACC as required of every public officer.
When asked by the ACC as to the reasons for that failure, he refused to explain claiming that he had been advised by his lawyers not to make any statement.
The matter was adjourned to Monday, July 26, 2021.