June 4, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
Paul Sobba Massaquoi, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), and five others, yesterday, 3rd June, 2021, appeared before Justice Mohamed Bowoh at the Anti-Corruption High Court in Freetown for corruption related offenses.
The accused were in court to answer to five counts of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines, abuse of office, knowingly misleading the commission, and wilful failure to conduct a bidding process contrary to the Anti-corruption Act of 2012 and the Public Procurement Act of 2016, respectively.
Paul Sobba Massaquoi, Executive Director of the SLMA, was also charged with abuse of office by improperly awarding a contract to rehabilitate the SLMA headquarters building without having a bidding process conducted in compliance with the applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the procurement of works.
Lawyers representing the accused persons includes I. I. Mansaray for the first and fourth accused persons, A. Kamada for the second, J.M Jango and H.M Gevao for the third accused and B.S Nabie for the fourth accused, while H.M Gevao also represented the sixty accused person
The charges were read to all six (6) accused persons and they all pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The lawyers representing the accused applied for bail and Justice Mohamed Bowoh granted the application, noting that all the accused persons should follow the same bail condition from the Anti-corruption.
The matter was adjourned to 17th June, 2021 for more hearing.