Master Registrar, Others Slammed Stiff Bail

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura               

Justice Fatmata Bintu Alhadi of High Court No. 1 has in a matter involving the Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Stephen Yayah Mansaray and three other accused persons ruled that the 1st accused being Stephen Yayah Mansaray produce two credible sureties and should show evidence of employment with a salary of thirty million Leones and should pay into the sub-judiciary treasury account an amount of 60 million Leones.

She furthered that the Master and Registrar must produce all travelling documents and national Identity Card and ordered that he should not travel out of the country or, in any way, tamper with witnesses and must ensure he appears in court whenever he is called upon.

The High Court also ruled that the second accused must provide two sureties with one having thirty million Leones (Le30,000,000) in his or her bank account. The surety must provide title deeds of property valued not less than sixty-million Leones (Le 60,000,000), adding that the 2nd accused should not travel and should surrender all travel documents and national Identity Card. Similar bail conditions were given to the third and fourth accused persons.

The Prosecutor for the Anti-Corruption Commission, Lawyer V.T Biandoma read the statement of offence and count one states that Staphen Mansaray and three others on diverse dates between the 12th and 20th March, 2019 conspired to commit a corruption offence contrary to Section 128 of the ACC Act No. 12 of 2008, whilst count two states that the Master and Registrar used his office to misappropriate public revenue contrary to Section 32 of the ACC Act No. 12.

The Defense Counsel for the 1st accused argued that his client is responsible and the Master and Registrar of the judiciary and once a practiced barrister. He said he has credible sureties and has been incarcerated for several days, and was granted bail by ACC.

The Defence Counsels for 2nd, 3rd and 4th accused argued  similarly for their clients as he applied for bail pursuant to Section(79) 2 of Criminal Procedure Act 32 of 1965.

The first accused was represented by Lansana Dumbuya Esq., 2nd accused represented by Ibrahim Mansaray Esq. 3rd accused Yusuf Koroma Esq, and F.K Graber for the 4th accused.

The matter was adjourned to the 30th of April, 2019.