Britain Agrees To Hand Over Kholifa


Luck ran out late last month for the fugitive former head of the Immigration Department, Kholifa Koroma when he was arrested by British police and charged to court for alleged money laundering and possession of unexplained wealth. He was granted bail pending hearing and is to make his first appearance this week.

Before that, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had through INTERPOL declared Kholifa Koroma wanted for alleged involvement in the unauthorized issuing of Sierra Leone diplomatic and service passports to non-government officials. Several Immigration Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials were invited for questioning by the ACC with regards the matter.

When ACC received news of his arrest in London, a source inside the Commission told this press that they set about putting in place the evidence against Kholifa Koroma that has been presented to the British authorities requesting that government to extradite him to Sierra Leone for hearing.

That request, he said, has been granted adding that after Kholifa’s trial in London, he will be sent home to stand trial on the passports fraud allegation.

It could be recalled that with regards the same diplomatic and service passports racket, the former Chairman of the Independent Media Commission, Ambassador Kanu and nine suspects whose passage to the USA he was trying to facilitate at the USA Embassy in Hill Station were arrested by the ACC with the assistance of Embassy security personnel.