Presiding Judge Justice Nicholas Brown Mark has on Tuesday 10th March convicted two public officers of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and acquitted and discharged two others. First Accused, Luseni Joe Baun, and fourth, Mohamed Alie Bangura, both attached to the National Revenue Authority (NRA) as preventive Services and Special Duties Officers of Customs and Excise Department were convicted of two counts of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage, contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Anti Corruption Act of 2000(as amended).
The second Accused, Allieu Badara Kamason, and third Accused, Desmond Cole, were both acquitted of the offence of Misappropriation of Public Revenue, Contrary to Section 12(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2000 (as amended).
Luseni Joe Baun (first Accused), was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment or alternatively to pay a fine of Le10, 000,000 (Ten million Leones) on each of the two counts, a total which amounts to Le20, 000,000 (Twenty million Leones).
Mr. Alie Bangura (fourth Accused), was sentenced to a term of five (5) years imprisonment with an alternative fine of Le5, 000,000 (five million Leones) on each of the two counts.
The judge also orders the various sums of Le8,000,000 (Eight million Leones), Le400,000 (Four hundred thousand Leones) and Le150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Leones) recovered by the ACC and which was tendered in court as evidence should be returned to the ACC.
The sum of Le4,286,850 (Four million Two Hundred and Eighty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Leones) which should be paid to NRA.