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Sierra Leone News: Over alleged Corruption charges… Former NASSIT Director granted Le500m bail

Justice Miatta Samba of the High Court of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 16th January 2018 granted 500 million Leones bail each to the former Director General of NASSIT Joseph Sedu Mans and the former Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of NASSIT, Yeabu M.D. Kamara. Joseph Sedu Mans was the Director General of NASSIT and Insurance Trust a Statutory institution created by an Act of Parliament, from 2014 to the 31st May 2018 and had the overall responsibility for the supervision of all NASSIT activities. He was a member of the Board of Trustees. Yeabu M.D. Kamara was the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of NASSIT from 2014 to December 2017. On 16th September 2016 in Freetown, the State alleges that being the Director General and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, of NASSIT, misappropriated public funds amounting to over six billion Leones, by authorising and facilitating the disbursement and payment of the said sum to SISIMI NASSIT medical project. The “SISIMI” is a joint venture special health project vehicle, created ostensibly for the provision of an urgent care delivery service system to provide medical services in Sierra Leone.  They were charged with six counts, ranging from engaging into project without prior planning, conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, wilfully failing to comply with the law relating to the tendering of contract and misappropriation of public funds Contrary to section 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008.  Having heard from the Defence and the Prosecution, Justice Samba granted “the accused bail in the sum of 500 million Leones each, and one surety each.” She furthered that sureties should surrender the original documents of their properties and the properties must be equivalent to the money. She added that both accused should not travel without the knowledge of the Court. Lawyer M. Taylor and A. Yillah are representing both accused, while Lawyer Masibo is representing the Anti-Corruption Commission and had identified 16 witnesses to prove its case against the accused.  Justice Miatta Samba adjourned the matter to 30th January 2019.

By Mohamed J. Bah

Thursday January 17, 2019.

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