The Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Crime Services, Francis Munu has confided in Awoko that the suspended Minister of Transport and Aviation Kemoh Sesay was not among the eighteen (18) suspects who were yesterday taken to court, because he was never found culpable after police investigation into the cocaine saga.
He was quoted to have said that the administrative stance of President Ernest Koroma in asking Kemoh Sesay to step aside while investigation into the controversial cocaine saga was in progress, should not be misconstrued as criminal liability on the suspended Minister, as he did it in the best interest of justice and transparency.
The AIG added that, had he stayed in office while investigations were on-going, the public would be suspicious; as some officials of the Transport Ministry were under investigation. The decision of the President to relieve Kemoh Sesay off his duties was to avoid any incidence of political interference into the matter.
The 18 suspects who were alleged to have manipulated the unlawful importation of cocaine on board an air craft a couple of months ago, were yesterday charged with conspiracy to import prohibited drug (cocaine) and displaying false mark on a air craft, contrary to section 7B and 8 of the National Drug Control Act .The matter was brought before the High Court yesterday, presided over by Justice Nicolas Brown-Marke; on application under the Criminal Procedure Act 32 of 1965 as amended and on application of consent in writing under section 136 sub-section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act of No.1 1970.
Amongst those who were charged include: George Aritstizabel Archila 1st; Victor Manuel Araujo Lastreto Jr. 2nd and Julio Cesar Morales 3rd accused persons, all of whom were charged with importation of prohibited or unlawful drugs into the Country.
The other categories of suspects who were charged with conspiracy to import prohibited drugs and accessories include: Mohamed Bashil Sesay 4th; Hassan Karim Mansaray 5th; Patrick Moriba Johnson 6th; Chernor Momodu Bah 7th; Harvey Steven Perez 8th; Gerardo Quistana Perez 9th; Yeimy Franadez Leandro 10th; Alex Romeo 11th; Ibrahim Mohamed Manley 12th; Badara Alieu Tarawally 13th; Ebenezer Adetunji Macauley 14th; Alimamy Kabia 15th; Sadjo Sarr 16th; Martha Pinieres 17th and Mohamed Musa Kamara 18th accused persons respectively.
The matter was adjourned to 22nd December, 2008.
By Solomon Rogers