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ACC succeeds in the appeal – Sheku Tejan Koroma vs the State

ACC succeeds in the appeal – Sheku Tejan Koroma vs the State

The Court of Appeal sitting in Freetown on Monday 17th December 2012 gave judgement in favour of  the ACC against appellant Sheku Tejan Koroma former Minister of Health.  Rejecting the five grounds of appeal submitted by the appellant, the court of appeal upheld the judgement and convictions of the High Court.

It would be recalled that on March 11, 2010 Sheku Tejan Koroma was convicted on corruption offences for abuse of office contrary to section 42 (1) of the AC Act 2008, abuse of position contrary to section 43 of the AC Act 2008 and willfully failing to comply with the laws, procedures, and guidelines relating to the procurement of property, tendering of contract, and management of funds contrary to Section 48 (2) (b) of the AC Act 2008.

The appeal was heard by the Hon. Justice NC Browne Marke, JA (presiding), Hon. Justice Eku E. Roberts JA, and Hon. Justice S.A Ademosu JA as then he was (now deceased).

Also it would be recalled that the court of appeal in a recent judgement affirmed the conviction of Francis Komeh Fofanah for corruption offences. Francis Komeh Fofanah had been found guilty of misappropriation by the High court and sentenced to three (3) years imprisonment or an alternative fine of thirty million leones (Le 30,000,000).

Meanwhile Mark George former employee of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) has been convicted by the High Court for misappropriation of public funds. Mark George was sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of thirty million leones (Le. 30,000,000).

The public is assured of the continued resolve and commitment of the   ACC to the fight against corruption.

Signed: Koloneh Sankoh, Head, Public Education Unit, ACC Commission   

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