Six men remanded for alleged transportation of cannabis-sativa to Guinea

Amos Kailie, Kolleh Kamara, Mohamed Bangura, Chernor Jalloh, Minkailu Johnny and Abdul Rahman Turay, were sent into remand for allegedly transporting a prohibited drug to Guinea. The six men were arraigned before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road after police alleged that on 1st June 2020, at Makabie Villlage, Koya Chiefdom in Port Loko District, they conspired with others to transport 24 bales of cannabis-sativa and 6 parcels of same to Bailor en route to the Republic of Guinea. Police further alleged that on Saturday 20th June 2020, on the territorial waters at Bailor, in Port Loko District, the accused persons transported a prohibited drug (cannabis-sativa) to Bailor en route to Guinea without lawful authority.

They were charged with conspiracy to transport a prohibited drug contrary to Section 15 of the National Drugs Control Act, 2008, Act No 10 of 2008, and unlawful possession of a prohibited drug contrary to Section 8(a) of the National Drugs Control Act 2008. Inspector I. G Fofana prosecuted the matter on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, while M.P. Sesay appeared for all accused persons. Prosecuting counsel is yet to bring witnesses to court. Meanwhile, lawyer Sesay requested for bail for his client, canvassing his bail plea on Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.

Lawyer Sesay urged Magistrate Bonnie to presume his clients innocent and grant them bail, since the offence for which they stand trial is a bail-able one. He noted that his clients are all Sierra Leoneans residing in the country. He furthered that they have credible sureties willing to stand for them. Magistrate Hannah Bonnie agreed that the offence is a bail-able one, but also noted that they are very serious. She adjourned the matter to 20th July 2020.

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay