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Sierra Leone News: Alleged forgery trial hears “sting” testimony

On 7th February 2019, Detective Police Constable, Abu Conteh tendered in evidence, 87 national identity cards, 47 forged Sierra Leone Motor driver’s licenses, four computer monitors, one computer and three flash drives in respect of an alleged case of forgery. According to Police, Chernor Amadu Bah, the 1st accused and Micheal Joseph Kanu, the 2nd accused, forged drivers’ documents, which the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has the mandate to prepare and issue. It is alleged that the accused on dates between 1st January 2018 to 27th September 2018, forged Sierra Leone Motor Drivers licenses purported to have been prepared and signed by the Director of License knowing same to be false. In their first appearance before the Court, both accused denied the 64 count charges of conspiracy to defraud and forgery.  Jusu Murray, the first prosecution witness, testified that on Thursday 27th September 2018, he was driving Chernor Amadu Bah, the first accused, from Allen Town to Cline Town when the accused overheard him talking to a friend about his desire to renew his driving license.  The witness said that the accused told him that he will help renew his license for Le200,000 adding that the accused asked him that if he knows anybody who wants a license. The witness stated that after he dropped the first accused he went to further enquire from the SLRSA to ascertain the truth about his conversation with the first accused. At SLRSA, the witness added, I was taken to the Director of License who told me to help him locate the accused. The witness disclosed that he was initially given Le600,000 by the Authority to secure three licenses from the accused. After two weeks, he added, the accused gave him the three licenses adding that the Director also gave him additional Le600,000 for another set of licenses.  On a date planned to get the additional licenses, he stated, “The Authority and some police officers escorted me to get the licenses at Old Wharf Junction when the first accused was arrested.”  The accused were granted Le100 million bail as the matter continues on 15 February 2019.

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By Sylvia Villa

Friday February 9, 2019.

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