Master & Registrar, 3 Others In Court Today


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The former Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Stephan Yayah Mansaray and three other accused, Adele Faya, Isatu Ulaikatu Kiamp Kamara and Abu Bakarr Bangura will today, Tuesday, 30th April, 2019 make their second appearance before Justice Fatmata Bintu Alhadi of High Court No. 1 with regards alleged corruption related charges brought against them.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Prosecuting Lawyer, V.T Biandoma stated that the indicted Master and Registrar and the Account Clerk of the Judiciary, Adele Faya and officials of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) were arraigned before the court for conspiracy to commit corruption offence contrary to Section 128(1) and misappropriation of public revenue contrary to Section 36(1) of the ACC Act No. 12 of 2008.

The particulars of offences stated that the High Court Master and Registrar together with three other persons between the 12th and 20th of March, 2019 in Freetown misappropriated the whooping sum of Le 60 million being revenue collected as fines paid by Justice Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses in respect of sentence slammed on him by the High Court.

The said sum should have been deposited in the sub-judiciary treasury account and later on sent to the NRA and subsequently sent to the Ministry of Finance for onward deposition into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) but that they failed to follow due process.

However, at their first appearance, Justice Alhadi granted the four accused bail with stiff conditions.

The accused were represented by a battery of lawyers including Lansana Dumbuya Esq. for the 1st accused, Stephen Yayah Mansaray, Lawyer I. Mansaray for 2nd accused, E.T Koroma for 3rd accused and F.K Garber for the 4th accused.