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Le346m Ebola fund misappropriated… 

Court remands top officials of TNT

March 7, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

High Court Judge, Justice John Bosco Allieu, yesterday remanded three top officials of The Needy Today, (TNT) after they made their maiden appearance before the court for allegedly misappropriating three hundred and forty-six million Leones (Le346, 000,000) meant for Ebola fight.

The men were before the court on 24 counts of misappropriation of donor funds contrary to Section 37 (1) and Giving Advantage contrary to Section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.

According to the anti-graft body, Dauda Ahmid Koroma, Jessy Jim Braima Kpagoi and Alfred Mustapha Bangura, on a date unknown between 25th August, 2015 and 6th January, 2016 in Makeni, the Northern Region of the Republic of Sierra Leone, being the Executive Director, Programme Manager and Finance Officer of the TNT respectively, dishonestly appropriated donor funds meant for the protection of vulnerable groups during the Ebola outbreak response project amounting to Le 346,450,000 (Three Hundred and Forty-Six Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones)

The ACC lawyer, C.R Stein, who didn’t lead any witness, told the court that they would summon twelve witnesses to prove their case against the accused persons.

He said the prosecution would lead three witnesses on the next adjourned date-March 13, 2017.

Earlier, defence lawyer, Crispin F. Edwards, applied for bail on behalf of his clients. He told the court that the ACC had granted the accused persons bail and that they appeared in court voluntarily.

However, the ACC lawyer didn’t object to bail, but the judge refused them bail on the grounds that the issue of misappropriation of Ebola fund has been greeted with huge public outcry.

“There has been a huge public outcry about the Ebola fund. And in the instant case, the amount is huge. This is a test case by which allegations have been made for the use of such funds by the TNT. I am not in anyways suggesting that the accused persons are guilty. They are mere allegations but I am exercising my discretion under Section 79 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965. All accused persons are remanded.”the judge ruled.

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