Isha Johansen Freed -Sierra Leone Ban Lifted

 

The High Court in Freetown has acquitted and discharged the President and Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansson and Christopher Abdul Kamara on corruption related charges.

Before his judgement, the presiding Judge, Reginald Sydney Fynn stated, among other things that: “The defendants were charged on an eleven count indictment dated 8th September, 2017. The indictment was originally six count but on an application for an amendment made and granted on 30th October 2017 when the trial commenced, the number of counts were increased after which the charges were put to defendants. The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

In his final judgement, Justice Reginald Fynn said the prosecution had failed to prove their case and there was no evidence before him to hold the defendants culpable.

Also, the world’s governing football body’s (FIFA’s) indefinite ban on Sierra Leone have been lifted together with a High Court’s ruling in the corruption case against the country’s embattled F.A President, Isha Johansen and Secretary General, Chris Kamara.

The two were suspended from office after their indictments by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which stipulates that persons on trial should step aside whist the matter is in court. However, FIFA took exception to the suspension and banned the country from all its activities until the two are acquitted and reinstated before the ban will be lifted.

Following a meeting with the FIFA President and Secretary General last year, Sierra Leone’s Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said he had been assured by the football world’s governing body that regardless the outcome of the trial, the ban on the country would be lifted after the matter has been concluded.