By Dauda Koroma
Popular Lebanese businessman Ali Jaffal has been charged with fraudulent conversion, as stipulated in Section 20 (1) (iv) (a) of the Larceny Act 1916, in a civil lawsuit instituted by Fawaz Building Materials (SL) Ltd.
In the civil suit heard at the magistrate court on Monday, the plaintiff, Fawaz Building Materials, alleged that the defendant, on diverse dates between 18 October 2022 and 30 June 2023, received $389,312 for the construction of a 1,800 square metre store at Kelsey Road, Kissy Dockyard, Freetown. However, the defendant only constructed a store measuring 1,490 square metres. Additionally, it is alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted an amount exceeding the value of the constructed store, calculated at $79,642.50, thereby violating the terms and conditions of the agreement entered into with the plaintiff.
The case was presided over by Principal Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown.
Defence counsel J. M. Jengo made a bail application on behalf of Ali Jaffal while awaiting the hearing and determination of the case. However, plaintiff counsel C. I. Williams vehemently opposed the application. Consequently, the accused was remanded in custody until 28 August 2023.