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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

NRA/Ecobank fraud case:

Defence tenders addresses in court

By Hassan G. Koroma

Defence counsels in the ongoing National Revenue Authority (NRA) and Ecobank mega fraud case involving Ibrahim B. Lavaley and nine others at the Freetown High Court No.2 presided over by Justice M.A. Paul yesterday submitted written addresses in court on behalf of their clients.

According to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) prosecutor, Abdul Rahman Mansaray, he relies on the written addresses of the defence counsels but mentioned few issues in respect of the address for the 3rd accused, Adetunji Desmond Cole.

He said he depends heavily on a certain evidence that is not before the court and that is the ASYCUDA operation manual, and same for the 10th accused Abdul Mutalib Kamara, whose case relies on the strenuous evidence of one Francess Ansumana who did not testify on the matter in court.

It could be recalled that Ibrahim B. Lavaley, Innah James, Adetunji Desmond Cole, Bakie Minah, Egarthin Faulkner, Abu Bakarr Kamara, Ishmael Dainkeh, Isata Osaio Kamara, Sheka Gbanabom and Abdul Mutalib Kamara were arraigned in court on eighteen counts of corruption ranging for misappropriation of public funds, fraudulent reduction of customs charges, corrupt transaction of agents, accepting an advantage, and other related corruption charges, contrary to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2008.

The matter continues.

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