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Police officer testifies in Guinean Ambassador’s fraud matter

April 9, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Detective Inspector Abu Bakarr Kargbo attached to the Fraud Syndicate Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown yesterday testified against one Amadu Wurie Barrie, the alleged mastermind in the attempted defrauding of Guinean Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Foday Camara, the sum of US$2 million.

Inspector Kargbo told the court that on 4 March 2015, Police Constable (PC) 15773 Aiah James of the Operational Support Division, deployed at the residence of the Guinean Ambassador, arrested the accused person and handed him over to the police.

The witness stated that PC James informed him the accused had gone to the Guinean Ambassador’s residence on 2 March with a piece of stone which he purported  to be a diamond worth US$2 million..

He said PC James further told him the ambassador sent for an expert to examine the purported diamond, which was said to be fake.

The witness explained that Ambassador Camara returned the piece of stone to the accused, who was arrested and taken to the CID, where he was cautioned and interrogated.

Inspector Kargbo said that on 7 March, a search warrant was conducted at the accused residence, during which 16 assorted stones were found in his bedroom.

He said the accused was questioned as to where he got the stones from and responded that the stones were minerals that are not used in Sierra Leone.

Inspector Kargbo further told the court that the 16 stones were taken to the CID and deposited with the Exhibit Clerk for safe keeping.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to defraud and fraud contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

He was denied bail, while the matter was adjourned to 16 March.

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