Ahmed Sesay completes sentence – pays Le 300 million fine
Ahmed Sesay, one of a number of convicts in the notorious cocaine trial, on Wednesday 16th walked through the gates of the Central Maximum Prison at Pademba Road as a free man, barely after completing his five year jail term, and paying the sum of Le 300 million as a fine.
Ahmed, according to our investigation, fulfilled his jail term alongside Mohamed M. Kamara, Hassan Karim Mansaray (former police sergeant) and Chernor M. Bah (former airport worker), all whom hectically served respective prison terms of five years at the Central Prison in Freetown.
Apart from Ahmed, who now enjoys freedom after paying his Le 300 million fine, Mohamed Kamara, Hassan Mansaray and Chernor Bah are reportedly languishing in cells at the Central Prison owing to non-payment of fines levied against them.
It is a fact that a plane loaded with hundreds of kilos of cocaine was intercepted at the Lungi International Airport, September 2008.
Persons arrested included Ahmed Sesay then national football team manager, serving members of the Sierra Leone Police Force, staff of Sierra Leone Airport Authority, and other foreign as well as Sierra Leonean nationals.
All together were investigated and charged to court with offences such as unlawful landing of a plane, conspiracy, and other related offences.
The trial which lasted for approximately six to seven months saw the conviction of eight foreign nationals, and seven blacks including two police officers, airport workers, and Ahmed Sesay etc.
The foreign nationals, who also would have served their jail terms in Sierra Leoneand at the same time pay Le 300 million each as fine, were later extradited to theUSA.
Up until their extradition to date, there is nothing to show that the sentenced foreign nationals ever paid their fines of Le 300 million as in the ruling.
Mohamed, Hassan, andChernor are reportedly in a state of ponder as to their release.
Sources say however that the forenamed convicts don’t have any means of paying their fines and are therefore calling on government to look into their case.
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