ACC INDICTS AMBASSADOR ALIE IBRAHIM KANU AND TWO (2) OTHERS FOR VARIOUS "PASSPORT" CORRUPTION OFFENCES
6th March, 2019.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has on Wednesday 6th March, 2019, indicted Ambassador Alie Ibrahim Kanu (former Chairman of the Independent Media Commission and former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations), Alfred Kallon; Human Resource Officer at the Office of the Administrator and Registrar-General and Sulaiman Issa Turay; Head of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; on a total of Forty-Three (43) Counts of various corruption offences over the issuance of Service Passports to non-deserving persons.
AMBASSADOR ALIE IBRAHIM KANU, is charged with TWO (2) COUNTS of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1), and THREE (3) COUNTS of Peddling Influence, contrary to Section 31(3) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008. He used his influence to recommend non-deserving persons to obtain Service Passports and apply for visas at Embassies.
ALFRED KALLON, is charged with THIRTY-THREE COUNTS of Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1), and ONE (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008. He served as the initial conduit for the development of fake appointment letters, NASSIT cards etc., used to enable undeserving persons obtain service passports.
SULAIMAN ISSA TURAY, is charged with THREE (3) COUNTS of Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1) and ONE (1) COUNT of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008. He was responsible for processing and recommending the issuance of Service Passports by the Immigration Department.
The three will make their first appearance at the High Court of Sierra Leone Holden in Freetown on Monday 11th March, 2019. They are meanwhile held in detention pending court appearance after their respective bails were revoked by the Commissioner.
It could be recalled that, in August, 2018, the Commission launched “Operation Eagle Claw” which led to the arrests of persons of interest outside the premises of the United States Embassy in Freetown, various offices and homes on 12th September, 2018.
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DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH