By Dauda Koroma
Eight travel agents of QNET have been remanded on charges of fraud after failing to comply with the bail conditions imposed by the learned Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Pademba Road Court No.1. Salamatu Koroma, Sorie Kabbah, Sheka Mansaray, Aruna Kargbo, Foday Koroma, Mohamed Bangura, Ibrahim Kelvin Mansaray and Sahid Dao were all arraigned Sept. 19 on 11 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and obtaining money by false pretences.
According to the Particulars of Offence, the accused persons on dates unknown between May 1 and June 3 at No.124 City Road off Haja-Fatmata, Wellington, Freetown conspired together and with other persons unknown to commit a felony: obtaining money through false pretences.
It is also alleged that the accused persons caused Sinnah Aminata Kamara to pay Le70 million to facilitate her travel to Canada, knowing that such payment was false. Also, the accused persons obtained another Le70 million from Aruna Quesi so that he could travel to Australia, despite knowing it was false. However, they pleaded innocent to the charges.
Thereafter the prosecutor approached the bench saying she was unable to bring her witnesses forward for testimony, and therefore requested an adjournment. Taking advantage of this, defense counsel Emmanuel Teddy Koroma applied for the temporal release of his clients pending the court’s final determination of the matter. In his application, he invoked section 79 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Act No.32 of 1965.
Having listened to both sides, the magistrate granted Le100 million bail to each accused person, plus one surety who must be gainfully employed and ordinarily resident in Freetown. The bail must be approved by the Master and Registrar. The matter was adjourned to Oct. 3.