September 26, 2019
By Frederick V. Kanneh
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed fresh indictment against the High Court Master and Registrar and three others for allegedly misappropriating four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and sixty-eight thousand, and two hundred Leones (Le460, 268,200/00) from the Judiciary’s Master & Registrar Account, domiciled at the Bank of Sierra Leone.
The erstwhile High Court Registrar, Stephen Yayah Mansaray, together with Adele Faya, Abubakarr Bangura and Isatu Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara are also facing another corruption charges before Justice Bintu Alhadi for allegedly misappropriating Le60 million High Court fine.
The prosecution had already closed its case in the said matter and is now waiting on the defense to open theirs or present a no-case submission.
In yesterday’s press statement issued by the commission, the quartet including Stephen Yayah Mansaray, Richie Edwin Asgil,former Principal Accountant in the Judiciary; Adele Faya, former Account Clerk of the Judiciary; and Clarence Solomon Will, a Legal Assistant at a Law Firm in Freetown, misappropriated Public Funds, contrary to Section 36(1); and conspired to commit a corruption offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the ACC Act 2008.
The anti-graft body says Mansaray and Asgil were signatories to the Judiciary’s Master and Registrar’s account and on diverse dates, between June 2014 and May 2018, both accused, conspired with others to sign a number of cheques through which they authorised the withdrawal of funds from the aforementioned account for their personal benefit or for other unjustified purposes.
The commission also alleges that Faya instructed the encashment of various cheques from the same account, and misappropriated the monies, while his co accused Solomon Will, between 25th April, 2018, and 14th March, 2019, allegedly conspired with unknown persons, to misappropriate public funds by illegally facilitating the encashment of cheques from the Judiciary’s account.
Meanwhile, the commission says the accused persons are expected to appear in the Freetown High Court on Monday, 30th September, 2019.