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Sierra Leone Sports: 10 to be investigated over match fixing

Lawyer Taylor and Rtd Major Palo ContehThe Committee for match fixing has told press that 10 people are expected to face the committee for now but there is possibility that more people will face the committee if there is evidence against them.
The enquiry committee also said it has served notices of the allegation(s) made against persons of interest and persons who are expected to aid the enquiry.
These persons have been informed that they are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. They have also been informed of their right to be given the opportunity to be heard.
They also stated that those who will face the committee will do it in open before the press but the witness will not be exposed because of security reason.
Chairman of the committee, Rtd. Major Palo Conteh said they will face the committee because of widespread allegations of match fixing and/or match manipulation against officials and players of the national football team at both U-20 and senior level during international matches played on diverse dates.
He said on the basis of these allegations, the Executive Committee of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) which is tasked with the responsibility to maintain probity and integrity in the administration and management of the game of football has earlier duly constituted a committee to inquire into the said allegation pursuant to section 55 of the constitution of SLFA 2012.
He also revealed that “we have divided the allegations into themes so as to properly deal with the issues raised without duplicating them. The themes are as follows.
Merdeka U-20 competition in Malaysia held in October 2008 which includes Malaysia Versus Sierra Leone, played on the 17th October 2008 and Afghanistan verse Sierra Leone played on the 19th October 2008.
Sierra Leone versus Syria International (friendly) played on the 5th June 2009; Cape Verde versus Sierra Leone 2013; South Africa versus Sierra Leone 8th October 2010, and referees trip to Brazil.
Chairman said that they will be independent, impartial and dispassionate during the course of the enquiry and shall be driven on the sole motive of truth seeking.
And they will also try to conclude the process within the shortest possible time without diluting the thoroughness of the process and protecting the rights of persons accused of match fixing and /match manipulation.
And at the end of the proceedings, the committee shall make recommendations on the basis of its findings to the executive committee, stating the grounds of the decision, the provisions on which the said decision is based, the terms of the decision and give notice of the channels of appeal, if any party is aggrieved by its findings.
By Bernard Turay
Thursday April 14, 2016

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