SLPP MP Defends Victor Foh in Court

18. 08. 28
posted by: DAUDA KOROMA

The State versus Victor Bockarie Foh, Minkailu Mansaray, Mohamed Alie Bah, Ibrahim Fackeh Conteh, Abu Bakarr Conteh and Abu Bakarr Carew on Wednesday 22 August 2018 made their first appearance at the High Court in the Hajj case before Justice Reginald Fynn on various corruption charges.

Victor Bockarie Foh was represented by Lawyer Hindolo Moiwo Ngevao who is a Member of Parliament representing the SLPP in Kailahun District; while Yada Williams, M.L Tarawally, A.K Koroma and S. James Esq, represented the other accused persons.

They were charged with 8 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 of the ACC Act of 2008, to two counts of misappropriation of public funds contrary to section 36 of the ACC Act of 2008, abuse of office, willfully and negligently failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of funds contrary to section 48 Sub-Section 2 (B) of the ACC Act of 2008.

  The matter did not proceed as there was no witness(s) to testify in the matter, but the charges were read to which they pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers pleaded for bail for them.

  Justice Reginald Fynn adopted the previous bail conditions by the ACC which is two billion Leones each and two sureties in like sum, and the matter was adjourned to 26 August 2018. Kalvin Mantibo and Emmanuel Koivaya Amara are representing the State.

In the same ACC case before Justice Reginald Fynn, Jonathan Michael Jenkins, a Lieutenant serving in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) on Wednesday 22 August 2018 made his first appearance before Justice Reginald Fynn on two counts of corruption charges, soliciting an advantage, contrary to section 28(2) of the ACC Act, No. 12 of 2008 and abuse of office, contrary to section 42 (1) of the ACC Act No. 12 of 2008.

According to the indictment on Count 1, the accused Jonathan Michael Jenkins, a Lieutenant of RSLAF, being the officer in-charge of the Forward Operation Base (FOB) with Headquarters at Bailor, Port Loko District on 27 October 2016 at Kortimow Wharf Port Loko District solicited an advantage, to wit the sum of one million Leones from Sheku Kamara, owner of boat Saiyenek.

On Count 2, according to the indictment, the accused Jonathan Michael Jenkins abused his office, to wit improperly conferring an advantage on himself by retaining proceeds from the sale of petrol and diesel seized at Kortimow Wharf, Port Loko.

The accused denied the allegations and his defense lawyer Gibrilla Kamara applied for bail and Justice Fynn granted him a two million Leones bail, with one surety in like sum. The matter was adjourned to 20 September 2018.