February 28, 2019
By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Edward King, former Acting Director of Information and Soriba Kamara, former Senior Accountant in the Ministry of Information and Communications yesterday pleaded guilty to misappropriation of public funds, contrary to Section 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008, and were sentenced to three years imprisonment each.
The men were before Justice Bintu Alhadi on five counts of corruption offences, ranging from misappropriation of public funds, failure to comply with procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds and failure to pay tax, but the ACC prosecutor, Koivaya Amara, offered no evidence on count three, four and five.
The ACC had alleged that between 28 December, 2018, and 20 January 2019, the accused persons misappropriated Le206 million meant for sensitisation campaign on the current Commissions of Inquiry.
King was before the Court on one count charge of misappropriating Le60 million, while his co-accused, Kamara, was charged with four counts of misappropriating Le43 million.
The ACC claimed that Kamara prepared the cheque in King’s name and then received Le115 million from the former as kickback.
The ACC indictment also states that Kamara disbursed and applied part of the money for the purposes other than what the funds were meant for and could not account for it.
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Meanwhile, Justice Alhadi handed down a custodial sentence of three years imprisonment for each of the accused persons.
However, the men have been behind bars since their arrest in early January, as they failed to fulfil the rigid bail condition of Le500 million.