January 8, 2015 By Hawa Amara
A clerk at Miral Health Care Limited, Ibrahim Sorie Kabbah, was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road for allegedly embezzling the sum of Le153,747,560,000 entrusted to him by his employer.
He was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on 147 counts of embezzlement, contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916, and forgery and uttering, contrary to sections 2(2)(a) and 6(2)of the Forgery Act of 1913.
According to the prosecution, the accused on diverse dates between January 2013 and December 2014 embezzled the said amount by forging bank deposit slips of Zenith Bank and UBA.
The prosecution also alleged that the accused on 1 August 2014 and 24 December 2014 did embezzle the said amount, received by him on behalf of Miral Health Care Limited.
Police prosecutor Inspector J.M. Sanjah applied for an adjournment in order to assemble his witnesses, and also objected to a bail application by the defence.
Accordingly, Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused bail and adjourned the matter to 19 January when the prosecution will open their case.
In another matter in the same court, Magistrate Kamanda also remanded one Allieu Jalloh (1st accused) in the armed robbery trial involving former Minister of Health, and Marine Resources, Dr. Soccoh Kabia.
The prosecutor says the armed robber carted away property worth Le34 million when they raided the residence of the ex-minister.
According to the third prosecution witness, Abdulai Sesay, in July 2014 he saw the first accused give a white iPad to second accused Mohamed Kamara, after agreeing to buy it for a fee of Le700,000.
The iPad, which was among property stolen during the armed robbery attack at Dr. Kabia’s home, was tendered in court as exhibit.
The witness was cross-examined by defence counsel H.M. Gevao.
The matter continues.