Sierra Leone News: Military Lieutenant Commander guilty of corruption

A Lieutenant Commander of the Maritime Unit of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Jonathan Michael has been sentenced by the High Court of Sierra Leone to a jail term of four years or he pays a fine of one hundred million Leones (Le 100,000,000.) The court came to this decision after it found him guilty of two counts of corruption offences on Friday 11th October 2019. The allegation against him was that he was a Commander of a Forward Operation base with headquarters at Bailor in Port Loko District. On 26th October 2016, Jenkins led an operation which successfully captured a boat, Sayenoh, which was allegedly about to embark on a smuggling operation. Certain goods were found on the Sayenoh and some of them were seized. Among the things seized were large quantity of fuel (petrol and diesel). The allegation further stated that Jenkins solicited and received a bribe, the receipt of which caused him to release the captured vessel without further process. The convict went on to sell the seized items and converted the proceeds of the sale to his own use and benefits thereby criminally conferring upon himself an advantage.

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