A Russian Yehguatkin Serger Ivanovieh who was charged with alleged fraudulent conversion yesterday appeared before Magistrate Steven Conteh of court No.1.
According to the statement of offence the accused on the 22nd May 2009 allegedly fraudulently converted 3carats diamond valued US5, 000 dollars from a diamond dealer Hassan Jabbie Gassama who is residing at No.18c Ashobi Corner, Black hall Road, Kissy.
The accused who is not literate in English was given an interpreter Mrs. Soyie Jah who translated the court proceedings to him in Russian.
When a witness was about to testify the accused said he did not want the interpreter to translate for him anymore because he is not comfortable with her.
The Magistrate asked what he wanted the court to do and he said he wanted an interpreter from the Russian Embassy or from the airport.
The Magistrate said the accused should write officially to the Russian Embassy for an interpreter and not from the airport or anybody else.
The case was adjourned to the 8th June 2009.