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Six pirates to stand trial in High Court

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Six pirates that are alleged to have robbed workers aboard the LIAN RUN Fishing Vessel of properties worth millions of Leones are to stand trial in the High Court, a Freetown magistrate ruled yesterday upon conclusion of a preliminary investigation.

Mohamed Tarawallie, Alhaji Kargbo, Alusine Mohamed Kamara, Mohamed Conteh, Mohamed Dumbuya and Musa Kabia were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on nine counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with aggravation, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as repealed and replaced by Act No.46 of 1971, plus wounding and assault, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution had alleged that the accused persons on 21st and 22nd July, 2014 respectively, boarded the LIAN RUN 23 at sea within the territorial waters of Freetown and conspired with unknown persons to attack and rob the vessel.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons were armed with an AK47 rifle and knives, and robbed crew members Mohamed Kamara, Osman Kamara, Alhaji Jadika and Mohamed Dura of properties worth millions of Leones.

Defence counsel H. Sherry applied for bail on behalf of his clients, arguing that they are first time offenders and they would not jump bail or interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Magistrate Kamanda turned down the bail application.

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