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Le14.979m OGI theft matter committed to High Court unelectable

March 24, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 has committed to the High Court a theft matter involving one Ibrahim Bangura who was charged with the theft of Le14,979,500 from the Open Government Initiative (OGI).

Before pronouncing his order of acquittal, Magistrate Kamanda said during preliminary investigation the prosecution called two witnesses, both of who gave evidence that corroborated the charge against the accused. He said sufficient enough evidence had been adduced against the accused to warrant a committal to the High Court for trial.

The accused entered a ‘not guilty’ plea as he promised to call witnesses and lead evidence in the High Court.

He had been arraigned on one count of office breaking and larceny contrary to section 26(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J., the accused on 2 December, 2014 broke into the No.3 Bathurst Street, Freetown, offices of OGI and stole one ADC desktop computer, a plasma television, Dell UPS, red colour Aimex power, 5.5KVA generator, two Sierratel land phones, two electrical extension and assorted items, valued Le14,979,500.

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