NRA/Ecobank fraud case:


Judgment day set

By Hassan G. Koroma

Presiding judge in the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited mega fraud case, Justice M.A. Paul of the Freetown High Court No. 2, has announced Monday April 3rd as the final day for judgment to be passed in the multi-million leones fraud matter involving Solomon Hindolo Katta and three others.

The judge requested all counsels to hand over their submissions and make them available to the court against Friday 28th February, so that he can prepare the final judgment he would read out on Monday April 3rd.

Addressing the court, lawyer Ade Macaulay, who is the lead prosecutor, said he has filed and serviced the defence a reply to close their submissions.

On his part, the defence counsel for the 1st, 4th and 6th accused persons, I.S. Yillah, noted that he would request no further adjournment since they have responded to the prosecution’s address.

According to him, he would look at the prosecution’s address critically and that should there be any problem, he would reply in writing latest on Friday [February 28].

Barrister Eke Hallowell, representing the 3rd accused person Momoh Turay, said he was convinced that the judge would make the necessary adjustment to scrutinize their submission, especially on sections 1, 2 and 8 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2012.

It could be recalled that Solomon Hindolo Katta, Idrissa Fornah, Momoh Turay, Emmanuel Sesay and Catherine Katta are standing trial before Justice M.A. Paul on several count charges ranging from conspiracy to state fraud.