January 22, 2015 By Hawa Amara
A clerk at Miral Healthcare Limited, Ibrahim Sorie Kabba, on Tuesday made his second appearance at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 after his arraignment for allegedly embezzling the sum of Le153,747,560.00 entrusted to him by his employer.
While testifying, Detective Sergeant Mohamed Kamara, attached to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Freetown, told the court that on 24 December 2014, Assistant Superintendent M.K. Alieu and a Miral Healthcare employee brought in the accused for investigation in respect of the alleged embezzlement.
“The complainant (Afrim Okafor) gave me 27 photocopies of both Zenith and UBA bank slips. On the same date, ASP Alieu and I conducted a search warrant at the residence of the accused person at No.5H Tengbeh Town in his and relatives presence. A total of 14 UBA deposit slips, with some having stamps, were discovered,” testified Detective Sergeant Kamara.
Defence counsel J.A.K. Sesay objected to the tendering of the photocopies of the bank deposit slips.
However, presiding magistrate Komba Kamanda gave his approval for the bank deposit slips to tendered and identified as Z1 to Z14.
The accused was arraigned on 147 counts of embezzlement contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as well as forgery and uttering, contrary to section 2(2)(a) and 6(2) of the Forgery Act of 1913.
According to police prosecutor Inspector J.M. Sanjah, the accused on a date between January 2013 and December 2014 embezzled the sum of Le153,747,560.00 by forging bank deposit slips of Zenith and UBA banks respectively.
The matter continues.