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SLCAA staff in court for corruption

March 17, 2021

By Regina Pratt

The Human Resource Manager of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA), Julian Clarke and the Senior Finance Officer of the same institution, Sallieu Kargbo have been charged to court on nine  corruption related counts of abuse of office, deceiving a principal and conspiracy to commit corruption offences between the  1st of January and 30th December, 2020.

Julian Clarke was indicted on 7 counts of abuse of office, while both of them were jointly charged with 1 count of deceiving a principal and 1 count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence.

It is alleged that between 1st January and 30th December, 2020, the two accused persons  conspired and deceived the Government of Sierra Leone by authoring and signing a bundle of documents containing false information,which were forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Turkish Embassy for the purposes of facilitating the issuance of Turkish Visas to certain individuals, who were purported to be staff of the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, knowing very well they were not.

They accused persons made their 3rd appearance on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, when the 2nd prosecution witness, Arnold Bomper Kargbo, continued his testimony.

Led by Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) prosecuting counsel, A.S Conteh, the witness informed the court that he made statement to  the ACC regarding the two accused persons.

PW 2 said the two documents were shown to him at the commission-the staff list prepared by the Human Resources Division and a Notre Verbal dated 2nd December, 2020, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

He said the said document was prepared by one Mrs. Clara F. Koroma, who is the Chief Consular Officer and was addressed to the Consular Division of the Turkish Embassy in Freetown requesting for the issuance of visas to the said listed names.

The witness read out names  including Gassimu Salimu Kallon, Aviation  Security Supervisor, Abubakarr Conteh, Aviation Safety Supervisor, Abubakarr Kamara, Aviation Safety supervisor, Yusuf Bangura, Aviation Safety Officer, Abdul Sesay, Aviation Safety Officer, Elizabeth Bangura, Aviation Safety Officer and Fatmata Yankay Kamara, Aviation Safety Officer.

The witness continued that he told the ACC that none of those names existed in the SLCAA staff list, adding that he was familiar with the procedures for the facilitation of travel visas for staff of SLCAA.

 He said a travel list is always prepared by the Human Resources Division and sent to the International Relations Unit within the Directorate of Air Transport and Regulations for the preparation of the Notre Verbal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The matter is adjourned to Monday, 22nd March, 2021.

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