Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has informed the public that the in-law of former President Koroma, Mohamed Sheriff, who was the Chairman of Sierra Leone Cable Network (SALCAB) and the in-law of the former Minister of Communication Alpha Khanu, Idrissa Yillah who was chair of the SALCAB Board will answer to allegation of corruption this Friday 24 May at the High Court of Sierra Leone.
Also, the Executive Secretary of Independent Media Commission Paul Sandy who was the then Permanent Secretary in the Communication Ministry will appear in Court on Friday 24 May to answer to same offences
“All three men are charged with Misappropriation of Public Funds in the sum of US$300,000 (three hundred thousand United States Dollars) contrary to section 36(1): failure to comply with applicable rules and guidelines relating to the Management of Public Funds, contrary to section 48 (2)(b) and conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No 12 of 2008, respectively,” the release stated.
According to the particulars of offence between 10 and 29 June 2016, Mohamed Sherriff, Paul Sandi and Idrissa Yillah conspired to and illegally withdrew the sum of $US300,000 from one of SALCAB’s Account in the guise of paying for a false contract awarded to Base Construction Services owned by Mr. Sandi who was the then permanent secretary.
That the actual justification they gave for this withdrawal was that the said amount was requested for by the then President Ernest Bai Koroma for which no evidence was adduced to prove that the money was given to former President Koroma.
The release furthered that the investigation was done by the ACC in collaboration with the Audit Service Sierra Leone and serves as the first of several indictments emanating from the technical audit into SALCAB and four other sectors.