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Sierra Leone News: Alleged illegal immigrant goes to High Court

At the Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court in Freetown on Friday 31 August 2018, Magistrate Santigie Bangura committed a prohibited immigrant, Dauda Bojang, to stand trial at the High Court.
In July this year, while Bojang was trying to check-in to board the KLM Royal Dutch Airline Flight KL511, at the Freetown International Airport he was arrested with a forged Gambian Passport, forged United Kingdom Resident Card and a forged International Certificate of Vaccination. This he allegedly did with intent to deceive the profiling officer, Alie Osman of Airline Profiling Services. The document were said to bear the name Ebrima Jones Bojang.
Following police interrogation, the accused admitted to the police that the allegations against him were true. He told them that he found the documents in a bus in Gambia and took it to someone who replaced the pictures with his. Bojang was charged with three counts of altering Forged Documents contrary to the Forgery Act and one count of Entering into Sierra Leone while being a Prohibited Immigrant contrary to the Non-Citizen Registration and Expulsion Act of 1965.
On his appearance in Court, two witnesses testified against the accused. His statement to the police was also tendered to form part of the court exhibits.
During the committal on Friday, the Magistrate cited his confessional statement to the police. He added that the accused had the intention to defraud and that he has no legal justification to be in the country. He concluded that Bojang has a case to answer at the High Court. Bojang has no legal representation and was not granted bail. EBD/1/9/18
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Monday September 03, 2018.

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