Hajjgate: ACC files ‘secret indictments’ 

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June 13, 2018

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The  Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has in a press release stated that it has filed ‘sealed indictments’ for corruption offences committed in connection with the 2017 Hajj scholarship scheme and other offences.

Last August, a large group of Sierra Leonean Muslims who were hoping to make the annual Hajj pilgrimage had their hopes dashed by government officials who turned the scheme into a business.

In the public fallout from that ensued, the ACC launched an investigation in August 2017 relating to the abuse of the scheme for the Muslim pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca.

The release also states that the ACC has indicted the Chairman of the Mines Advisory Board, Alhaji Mohamed Bundu Mansaray, on one count of accepting an advantage contrary to section 28 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

Also, the Chief Finance Officer and Chief Operations Officer at  the Sierra Rutile Mining Limited, Matthew Hird and Waine Venter respectively, were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

The reason for their indictment was in relations to bribery of officials of the Mines Advisory Board by the Management of Sierra Rutile Mining Limited for the renewal of exploration licenses between July and August 2016, states the release.
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The release further adds that the commission also indicted the former Acting Chief Administrator of the Freetown City Council, Mohamed Artican Sandi Koroma, on three counts of abuse of office contrary to section 42 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

It is alleged that Koroma, in 2017, abused his office when he presented family members as staff of the Freetown City Council to enable them secure service passports from the Immigration Department.