As the cocaine matter proceeds, a prison officer Abdul Papa Sesay attached to Clarkson house at the Central Maximum prisons at Pademba road in Freetown was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Court No. 1 presided over by Alfred Fidawi in Freetown, for allegedly transferring correspondence to one of the cocaine suspects – Hassan who is currently held at Clarkson house Pademba road prison.
Testifying in court yesterday, a prison officer attached to the central prison one Balogun Dickson recalled on the 13th day of August this year when the accused Abdul Papa Sesay came in to relieve him at about 1:5 PM, but he decided to search the said officer as is usual.
He said he started off by searching the shoe and the uniform where he discovered an unsealed letter addressed to one of the suspects Hassan who was said to be deployed at the Lungi International airport when the cocaine episode unfolded.
The officer further stated that after a brief interrogation he forwarded the matter to the gate supervisor at the central prisons Sulaiman Jalloh Chief Officer class 2 for an in-depth investigation, who later took the matter to the commanding officer in charge of the central prisons for disciplinary action.
He said the accused was later called up by the commander to respond to the query.
The officer tendered a photocopy of the letter in court, but the lawyer defending the accused Amadu Koroma noted that, the photocopy of the said letter was nothing to go by as the content was blurred he therefore requested the original copy of the letter.
He was reported to have said that a letter is not an offensive article and besides did not cause any harm, pleading that his client must be granted bail.