Britain May Extradite Ex-immigration Chief -ACC


Sierra Leone’s new government is working out modalities with Britain to extradite ex-immigration chief, Mr. Alpha Kholifa Koroma sources confirmed to The exclusive.

The spokesman of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Patrick Sandi explained that Mr. Koroma was among about a dozen of senior former government officials wanted on corruption charges.

The former immigration chief is wanted for his alleged involvement in a syndicate that illegally issued diplomatic and service passports to undeserving people.

Nine people, including a former Sierra Leonean UN envoy, Amb. Allieu Kanu, who until recently served as head of the Independent Media Commission, were detained in a controversial sting operation involving officials of the US embassy in Freetown last month in relation to the issue.

Mr. Kholifa Koroma who is on bail in the UK in connection with money- laundering charges is wanted by the Sierra Leone government for illegally issuing passports to unnamed persons apparently of non-Sierra Leonean nationalities.

Mr. Sandi sounded upbeat that Britain will extradite Koroma thanks to an extradition agreement between the two countries.

“We are in touch with the agency and we are working on the necessary modalities for him to come to Sierra Leone and answer to charges and the other aspects will be addressed later,” Sandi said.

Mr Koroma lived and worked in the UK before he was appointed by former President Ernest Bai Koroma whose former Finance and minister of foreign affairs had also been engaged in falsifying documents.

Sierra Leone and UK signed an extradition agreement in 1974 covering persons suspected of involvement in murder, bribery, money laundering, among other offences.

Mr Kholifa Koroma lived and worked in the UK before he was appointed by former President Koroma as Chief Immigration Officer in 2008. His term came to an end earlier this year following the March General Election.