Victor Foh, Others in Trouble

 

Former Vice President Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh and two others have been indicted in the High Court in Freetown on four counts anti-corruption charges having to do with their handling of the affair and finances of the 2017 Hajj to Mecca.

The indictments dated 12th June, 2018 were filed in the High Court by former Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Commissioner, Ady Macaulay. Hearings start on 30th July, 2018.

The two other accused are Sheka Sahid Kamara and Abu Bakarr Carew.

Count one charges the three defendants with conspiracy to commit a corruption offense, contrary to Section (128) (1) of the ACC Act No. 12 2008.

The charge alleges that Sheka Sahid Kamara, former Special Assistant to erstwhile President Ernest Bai Koroma and former Secretary of the 2017 Hajj Coordinating Committee, and former VP Foh, former Supervisor of the Committee between 1st January 2017 and 30th September 2017 conspired with other persons unknown to misappropriate US$800, 000 donated to Sierra Leone by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for pilgrims to Mecca.

Counts two and three allege misuse of public funds totaling Le300, 000,000 (Three hundred million Leones).

Count four alleges that Abu Bakarr Carew, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs willfully and negligently failed to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines and approved the withdrawal of US$314, 000 by one Sheka Sahid Kamara from the 2017 Hajj Committee account at the Ecobank operated by the Ministry.