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ACC Matter: Crying Man Pleads Not Guilty

ACC Matter: Crying Man Pleads Not Guilty

A thirty-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of impersonation at the High Court presided over by Justice MA Paul. Abdul Rahman Sesay, who was crying profusely at the dock, managed to plead not guilty, as tears streamed down his eyes.

He was accused of impersonating an officer of the Anti-Corruption Commission and presented himself to Mr. Foday Sawi, Deputy Minister II of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. According to the Extract of Findings, Mr. Foday Sawi reported to the ACC that he got a call from the accused, who claimed to be an officer of the Commission, demanding money in order to destroy evidence in an on-going ACC investigation on 16th August, last year.

The accused, Abdul Rahman Sesay, who had gone to collect the money demanded from Mr. Sawi at his office on the same date, was arrested by a team of ACC investigators. The accused was searched and a complimentary card bearing the name Victor B. Taylor, deputy director of investigations ACC, was found in his possession.

The act of individuals impersonating as ACC staff is increasingly becoming worrisome. Several cases with respect to impersonation have been reported to the Commission. Acting Director of Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh, says the offence of impersonation is serious and that the Commission will prosecute individuals found wanting.

The accused, Abdul Rahman Sesay, who could not stop crying and trembling, was put on bail. The matter was adjourned to 25th June, 2014.

By Alimamy Lahai Kamara

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