Capt. Patrick Edwin Kamara’s Escape… 7 Arrested

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday Wednesday 29th May, 2019 disclosed in a news conference held at the Ministry that about seven personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) are being investigated at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters in Freetown in connection with the recent escape of Captain Patrick Edwin Kamara.

The fugitive Captain, who was facing Court Martial with two other personnel for various offences relating to missing arms and ammunition, was the Commander-in-Charge of former President Ernest Bai Koroma’s joint security guards.

Addressing the news conference, the Public Relations Officer of RSLAF, Major Yayah Brima informed that Capt. Patrick Edwin Kamara escaped from military custodial centre at the Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown during the early hours of Tuesday 21st May, 2019.

He said the incident happened after Capt. Patrick Kamara’s defence team requested for an adjournment of the Court Martial trial, adding that both the defence and the prosecution would have made their final presentations on the day of his escape, if the trial had not been adjourned.

Major Yayah Brima also noted that the two other accused at the Court Martial trial, Warrant Officer Class I, Samuel Conteh and Warrant Officer Class II, Abu Bakarr Jalloh are still on remand at the custodial centre at Wilberforce Barracks. He however assured that despite Capt. Kamara’s escape, he would still be tried in absentia.

The PRO informed that the fugitive Captain and the two other accused are being tried at the Court Martial on five counts charge including conspiracy to steal service property, larceny by servant, willfully damaging service property, willful neglect causing damage to service property and conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline.

According to Major Yayah Brima, the accused are being tried for arms and ammunition including 4, 245 rounds of 12.7mm Anti Aircraft rounds, 3, 828 rounds of 14.5mm Anti Aircraft rounds, 11 bombs of Rocket Propel Grenade, 6 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ball lint, 11, 476 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ball, 14, 100 rounds of 7.62 x 39 mm tracer, 6, 740 rounds of 7.62x 51mm ball lint, and 515 rounds of 9 x 18mm ball.

The total ammunition, according to the PRO, is valued at US$80, 402.30 (Eighty thousand, four hundred and two United States Dollars, thirty cents) which he said is equivalent to Le683, 419, 550 (Six hundred and eight three million, four hundred and nineteen thousand, five hundred and fifty Leones).