Sierra Leone: The Former Minister of Lands who also served as the minister of Local Government under the APC Led Government Madam Diana Konomanyi has been freed by the Court of Appeal after challenging the decisions of the Sole Commissioner in the Commission of Inquiry.
It could be recalled that after the 2018 Elections, President Bio set up three Commissions of Inquiry ( COI) to look into the activities of past government officials in the former President Koroma led administration.
After being named as one of the Persons of Interest who lived a life above her earning, according to the Sole Commissioner Biobele Georgewill of Commission No. 64, Diana Konomanyi felt aggrieved and filed an appeal challenging the findings and recommendations of the learned Justice.
And amongst Justice Georgewill’s recommendations against the former Minister are that she must be sentenced to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of Le 30 million for failure to declare her assets to the Anti Corruption Commission. He further recommended that madam Diana Konomanyi ‘s house at Adonkia worth around “Le 9 billion” be confiscated by the state.
Highlighting their grounds of appeal, Lawyer Ibrahim Sorie representing the Appellant Diana Konomanyi said the Sole Commissioner was biased in his decision, against his client, noting also that he misapplied the law against his client as well as the findings and recommendations as against the weight of the evidence.
Responding to the Apellant Lawyer, Counsel for the State Robert Kowa said the Sole Commissioner didn’t breach any Constitutional provisions, as no criminal charges were levied against the Appellant. He said the judge was fair enough in his findings and recommendations against the Appellant.
Justice Komba and Justice Tonia Barnett set aside all of the findings and recommendations being made against Diana Konomanyi including confiscation of her house and asset declaration saga. But justice Bintu Alhadi who was also in the panel of Judges had a different view amongst two.
According to Justice Alhadi “in light of my conclusion on this appeal. I make the following consequential orders: That the Appellant is found guilty and sentence to prison for a term of 6 months or pay a fine of Le 30,000 is not upheld. I hereby order that Anti-Corruption Commission prosecute the Appellant for violating Section 19 of the said Anti Corruption Act of 2008 (as amended).
After her appeal was upheld, Diana Konomanyi was very emotional in the court room.
By [email protected]