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Sierra Leone News: Former deputy Works Minister to face corruption offences

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on 3rd December 2018, indicted Abdulai Barrie, a former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Infrastructure for various corruption offences. Abdulai Barrie was indicted on five counts of Using Office to Improperly Confer an Advantage, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008; one count of Knowingly Abusing Position in Performing a Duty, contrary to Section 43 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008; one count of Failure to Disclose Interest to a Public Body, contrary to Section 45(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008; and one count of Knowingly Misleading the Anti-Corruption Commission, contrary to Section 127 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008. According to the particulars of offence, Barrie, on dates between 23rd June 2015, used his office to improperly award contracts for the refurbishment of various government properties to Ribar Enterprise, a business he jointly owns with his wife, amounting to more than Le1 billion (Le 1,811,176,900), and was principal signatory to accounts into which payments were made. Barrie is expected to make his first appearance in Court as determined by the judiciary, said ACC, outreach officer, Abubakarr Turay adding that the ACC is only waiting for the judiciary to determine the date for the ACC to commence with the corruption trial.

SV/4/12/18

By Sylvia Villa

Wednesday December 05, 2018.

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