By Hassan G. Koroma
Presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Magistrate Komba Kamanda, last Friday (22 March), denied bail to one Mohamed Rashid Kamara, who is arraigned for alleged involvement in a Canadian visa fraud.
The senior magistrate, in refusing bail, said his primary motivation was to administer justice without fear or favour.
The bail application had earlier been made by Emmanuel Teddy Koroma, counsel for the accused, who the prosecution says should answer seven counts of fraudulent conversion and forgery, contrary to section 4 (1) of the Forgery Act, 1913, and obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused is alleged to have in February, at Kissy Road, east of Freetown, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $10,400 from a certain Ibrahim Bangura, on the pretext of securing him a Canadian visa and air ticket.
Testifying in court, the complainant, Ibrahim Bangura, recalled that on date he couldn’t remember, he gave the accused $5,200 in consideration for a Canadian visa and a Lion Travel Agency air ticket.
He said he subsequently to travel agency to cross cheek the authenticity of the visa and manager advised him to check with the Airline Profiling Office, where it was confirmed that the visa was fake.
He told the court he called the accused and requested that they meet at No. 135 Kissy Road, where the accused was arrested by the police.
The matter continues.