Forestry Director Clears Momoh Konte
Acting Director of Forestry, Mr. Sheku Mansaray, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), on Wednesday October 17, 2012 told the High Court in Freetown that he did not receive a bribe from Momoh Kemoh Konte.
Sierra Leone’s anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is accusing Momoh Konte of malfeasance, following the airing of a timber documentary strand by the Aljazeera Television network in November last year.
Prosecutor for the ACC, Reginald Fyn, cross-examined the witness on count three of the particulars of offence in the charge sheet of the commission, which deals with the issue of offering and soliciting an advantage contrary to law. Mansaray answered on the affirmative in responding to question, whether he has ever watched the controversial timber documentary clip.
Prosecutor Fyn issued exhibit B, Page 49 Section 3***35, transcript of a transaction conscript in what transpired in his Ministry during a transition period on timber logging.
Mr. Sheku Mansaray was reminded of the words …don’t forget him … should give him something… and Fyn asked whom those phrases were referenced to; he said he had no idea.
Lead defense counsel for the accused person, Ajibola Manley-Spain questioned the witness whether he received any cash inducement from his client, Mr. Mansaray answered on the negative.
Mr. Sheku Mansaray is another witness after Sorious Samura, the controversial producer of the strand: “Africa Investigate Corruption” answered negative on the same issue. This is one key element of corruption the Anti-Corruption Commission brought in court, on behalf of the state, against accused persons Mr. Alex Mansaray and Mr. Momoh Kemoh Konte on allegation of committing an act of corruption.
Meanwhile, trace of elements evidencing the claims of corruption in soliciting and accepting an advantage is the turning point, legal representatives of the accused person are investing a knowledge upon, till the next adjournment date.
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