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Soldiers released on Le60m bail for cannabis

March 20, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Two soldiers and a businessman were granted bail of Le60 million each on Wednesday by Magistrate Komba Kamanda after their arraignment in the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 for allegedly being found in possession of 11 bales and eight bundles of cannabis sativa in a military ambulance.

Magistrate Kamanda added that the bail conditions include two sureties, who must be senior citizens and resident owners of property in the Western Area, while the bail should be approved by the acting Master and Registrar.

According to Detective Police Constables 5043 Mamie Kamara and 15445 Thomas Bundu, both attached to the regional Interpol office in the south, on 18 February, 2015, dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa were apprehended at Faala checkpoint in Bo and the incident was reported to the station.

They said the accused persons made statements which were read over to them and admitted to be true and correct.

Gassimu Jalloh, Ibrahim Koroma and Osman Mansaray were charged with three counts of unlawful possession of cannabis sativa, having drugs under their control and engaging in an activity to promote an enterprise related to drugs, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution says the accused were intercepted at a joint police and military checkpoint at Faala in Bo, having in their possession cannabis sativa, on 18 February, 2015.

The matter was adjourned to 25 March.

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