Closing addresses scheduled for ACC/SALCAB High Court case

The High Court presided over by Justice Miatta Samba has completed hearing evidence into an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) matter involving former senior officials of the Sierra Leone Cable limited (SALCAB) and the former Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Information and Communication. The ACC alleged that between 10 and 29 June 2016, the Paul Sandi, the Permanent Secretary at the time, Mohamed Sheriff (former Managing Director), and Idrissa Yillah (Chair) both of SALCAB conspired to and illegally withdrew, $300,000 USD (Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from one of SALCAB’s Account, in the guise of paying for a false contract awarded to Base Construction Services; a company owned by the Permanent Secretary, Paul Sandy.  All three men were charged with Misappropriation of Public Funds 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.

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