Justice Browne Marke yesterday sentenced Alhaji A.B.Siesay a chief clerk of the immigration Department at Rawdon Street, Freetown to 5 years jail term or an alternative fine of Le15 million.
Alhaji A.B. Siesay was charged and found guilty on two counts charges of corruption.
The two count charges range from Soliciting an advantage contrary to section 8(1a) of the Anti corruption Act 2000 (as amended) and Accepting an advantage contrary to section 8(1b) of the Anti corruption act of 2000.
The particulars of offence states that on the 19th of March 2008, Mr. Seisay in his capacity as immigration clerk solicited the sum of Le 300,000 (three hundred thousand) as inducement to un-procedurally secure a passport for Adama Kargbo instead of the normal Le100, 000 citizens are required to pay for passport.
After he prepared the passport he again took Le250, 000 (two hundred and fifty thousand) from Adama Kargbo as a reward for preparing the passport. Adama Kargbo requested for a receipt but was told by Mr. Siesay that there was no receipt for her.
She later reported the matter to the Anti corruption commission which investigated and prosecuted Mr.Siesay for corrupt practices.
The defense lawyer, Mr. R.B Kowa made an application for the sentence to be suspended.
He made reference to the constitutional matter that is currently before the Supreme Court in the case between the State and Adrian Fisher which also has to do with corruption.
Justice Browne Marke rejected his plea and said the matter Mr. Kowa was referring to was charged under the 2008 amended Anti corruption Act while the case in question was brought under the provisions of the 2000 Anti Corruption Act. The defense lawyer further pleaded with the judge for mitigation stating that his client is a family man with ten children and has been a public servant all his life. The lawyer pointed out that his client has never been found wanting for any corrupt practice except for the one for which he was facing trial.
By William Freeman