ACC Ordered

 

By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara

Justice Reginald Fynn of the Freetown High Court No. 1 has ordered the prosecution team of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to ensure that it discloses the indictment materials to the defence team representing six former government officials of the All People’s Congress (APC) on or before the 29th of August, 2018 in the ongoing corruption trial regarding the misappropriation of monies meant for last year’s pilgrim programme.

Justice Reginald Fynn made this statement following an application by the lead prosecutor of the ACC, Lawyer Calvin Mantsebo requesting for an adjournment without serving the defence team the full disclosure of the indictments of the accused. Justice Fynn also reminded them not to treat the matter as what he referred to as an ‘ambush’ on the defence team.

One of the defence lawyers, Lansana Dumbuya earlier made an objection on the grounds that the prosecution should not use that as an excuse for not serving them the indictment, as already the indictment has been in the social media for the past three months before the accused were charged to court.

The lead ACC Prosecutor, Lawyer Calvin Mantsebo however assured the Bench that they will serve all the indictment to the defence team one week after the adjournment.

The six accused include former Vice President, Victor Bockarie Foh, former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, Sheka Sahid Kamara aka Shekito, Mohamed Alie Bah, Ibrahim Fackeh Conteh and Abubakarr Carew. All of them are currently facing an eight-count charge of conspiracy to commit corruption related offences.