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Sierra Leone News: MOHS alleged corruption trial continues

The ACC lead prosecutor, Andrew Demby has on Wednesday 5 November 2018 submitted documents obtained during the course of investigation in respect of the corruption matters at the Centre Medical Store. The documents form part of the evidence according to Demby including the report of the internal auditor at the Medical Store, inventory of stocks, a search warrant, and the voluntary caution statements of the accused persons. The ACC witness further informed the Court about the 19 examination beds that were discovered during the investigations, which he said is currently under the custody of the ACC. Demby further told the Court that when the third accused, Sia Basma, was questioned about the examination beds, which were in her possession, the accused told the investigation team that the items were left in her business by Mohamed Kamara. The witness further pointed out that Basma refused to provide details about Mohamed Kamara. Meanwhile, the ACC allege that Oliver Aitkins, Ibrahim Bundu both store manager and store keeper respectively at the central medical store of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Sia Basma, owner of Goal Pharmaceutical pharmacy conspired together to commit corruption offences. The accused are charged with two counts charges of corruption and misappropriation of public property contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.  According to the ACC, the accused between 1st January 2017 to 27th January 2017 conspired together to steal 19 medical examination tables stored at the central medical store in Freetown.  A search warrant executed at the pharmacy revealed 10 cartons of face shields, three cartons of overall outfits, 50 cartons of gynecological gloves and 19 examination tables.  The ACC further stated that Basma could not proffer any reasonable explanation in respect of the said items. An inventory list at the Central Medical Store, the ACC confirmed the missing of 19 examination tables.  The accused were on the ACC bail condition as the matter continues on Thursday 6 December 2018.

SV/5/12/18

By Sylvia Villa

Thursday December 06, 2018.

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