11 persons convicted for corruption offences in illicit timber trade
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), hereby informs the general public that eleven (11) persons have been convicted for various corruption offences in the case between the State vs. Alphajor Y. Bah and others on Tuesday 23rd October, 2012 at the High Court in Freetown presided over by the Hon Justice Eku Roberts JA.
The convicted persons include the following;
- Alphajor Y. Bah – Dealer in timber
- Allieu Turay – Employee of NRA
- John Bangura – Employee of SLPA
- Mohamed Allie Bah, Mohamed Kutubu Conteh, Ernest Moisier, Mohamed Sesay, Mohamed Kamara, and Johannes Kawa- Clearing and Forwarding Agents
- John David Williams, and
- Jonathan Deigh
According to the judgment, the eleven persons were found guilty of misappropriation, conspiracy to commit corruption offence and misleading the Commission in relation to illicit timber trade. Thirteen (13) of the other accused persons were acquitted and discharged. Meanwhile, the thirty three (33) impounded containers loaded with timber which were the subject of the prosecution were also confiscated to the state and ordered to be sold by public auction.
In another development, the erstwhile Mayor of the Freetown City Council, Herbert Akieremi George Williams and four others, have paid their fines to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. One of the convicts in that matter, Sylvester Konnehi, is yet to comply with the order and a motion for his immediate arrest has been filed.Sign: Shollay Davies Director, Public Education and Outreach
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