Christian Cole, Saadiq Redd and Parker were docked at Court No.1 on Tuesday 14. April on two count charges for allegedly conspiring with intent to defraud Adam Zenou a foreign investor of the staggering amount of $175,000(U.S dollars) and causing money to be paid by false pretences on Wednesday 1April at the EcoBank to Ibrahim Jalloh for 10 kilos of gold which proved to be fake. It is alleged that Saadiq Redd introduced Christian Cole who in turn linked the foreign businessman to Parker who claimed that he dealt with gold.
He later introduced him to his ‘business partners’ Sheik Ibrahim Jalloh and George. It was agreed that these men would produce the 10 kilos of gold for a settlement of $175,000.
Upon examination it was confirmed that the gold was 85% pure and so the deal was done. However being such a careful and honest businessman Zenou asked that a further reevaluation be done at the G.G.D.O(Government Gold and Diamond office) but Parker and his men declined to attend claiming reasons of privacy.
Not thinking much about it, Zenou went with his partners to the office where a nasty surprise awaited them.
Upon evaluation it was found out that the ‘gold’ was fake much to Zenou’s anger and despair. “I can’t believe this happened to me. I do my business legally and honestly. I strongly felt these men were honest people and right now it hurts to know that I was fooled and conned by these men, “Zenou lamented. “I’m not out for revenge , I just want justice to be done.” Related to one of the biggest business companies in the world MORGAN STANLEY, he said he alongside his business partners are now wary of doing business in Sierra Leone which would have brought income and development to not only the people involved, but also the country as a whole.
Parker, Christian Cole and Saadiq Redd were arrested but were released a few days later whilst George and Sheik Ibrahim Jalloh are believed to be on the run. Bail was finally agreed on in the sum of Le.600, 000,000.
The matter was adjourned to 21st. April 2009