On Monday 30th October 2019, Justice Reginald Fynn, presiding over the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) case involving the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers’ Union threatened to close the prosecution’s case on the next adjourned date. The Judge made this statement after he realized that the Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutor was absent in Court on Monday morning. Justice Fynn noted that the matter has had a two months’ adjournment. He said the prosecution’s absence was unacceptable and if they were not in court on the next adjourned date he will close their case. The matter was adjourned to 14th October 2019. The allegation against the accused is that between 1st April 2014 and 30th September 2016, Alpha Amadu Bah, National President, Judison Lahai, National Treasurer and David Ahmed Conteh, Vice President of the Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers Union allegedly misappropriated funds belonging to the membership of the Union.
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According to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the three men could not verify whether Ninety-four million five hundred thousand Leones (Le 94,500,000) being donations made to person’s named as recipients was paid. In addition, they could not justify from verifiable record that thirty-seven million five hundred thousand Leones (Le37,500,000) have been paid by the Union as Legal fees. The three men are being charged on six counts of Misappropriation of Public Funds and one count of Conspiracy to commit a Corruption Offence all contrary to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2008.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
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