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Legal Aid Board sets 36 year old free

Legal Aid Board sets 36 year old free

The Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board in December last year set 36 year-old Victor Mark free from the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre and the fangs of some ruthless elements of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).

According to the Liberian/Nigerian national, a group of detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on 27th August, 2015 arrested him at DHL office at Brookfiekds in Freetown after they had searched his pockets and taken away five hundred and thirty thousand Leones Le 530,000.000) from him.

Mr. Victor Mark said that the detectives did not explain any reason for his arrest but whisked him to an office at Murry Town and later to the CID Headquarters where he was routinely taken around to customers he had been supplying in Freetown for questioning. He claimed to have spent sixty-five (65) days in detention.

Victor said the detectives took him to the Chief Immigration Officer and both the Liberia and Nigeria Embassies to inquire about the possibility for an individual to have dual citizenship.

He said the detectives took him again to the Chief Immigration Officer Boss and requested his deportation which the latter declined to honour.

Victor was consequently arraigned before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 1A on a charge of conspiracy to import prohibited drugs into the country.

He further explained that the Magistrate requested for exhibits from the Prosecution on four separate appearances but to no avail. The Prosecution however produced a cartoon full of women’s wigs, caps and bangles on the fifth appearance.

Magistrate Kamanda discharged the accused and the Police could not return the five hundred and thirty thousand Leones (Le530, 000. 00) they found in his possession during his arrest.

Victor Mark was born and raised in Lofa Country in Eastern Liberia. He was later taken to Nigeria at the age of four until he was twenty-one when his father, Sergeant Mark of the Nigerian Army, who served in the ECOMOC Contingent in Liberia, died.

Victor returned to Liberia but later came to Sierra Leone in 2010 in search of work. He was first employed as a labourer and after he had accumulated some money, he returned to Liberia and started a boutique business. Two years on, Victor started supplying goods to traders in Freetown and Sierra Rutile.

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