Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrate Court II has remanded Kabbah Simoen Kalu of Premier Investments, Crispin Deigh the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, his Deputy Patrick Conteh, and Chief Tony Chineyere Vice President of First International Bank. The four men are being held on criminal charges by the Sierra Leone Police with relation to bank fraud totalling $1.9 million.
The accused who have not yet been officially charged are being held at the Pa Demba Road Prison in Freetown. Pa Demba Road Prison which was built before Sierra Leone gained independence had an original capacity of just 220 prisoners. Today the 4 accused will be sharing the prison with over 1000 inmates. They will be in court again on Tuesday July 9th 2013
At the weekly press briefing the Anti Corruption Commission said that his agency is running its own investigations as necessary before a course of action will be decided.
“Based on the audit report from the Bank of Sierra Leone and from the external auditors we are still continuing with our investigations whilst we allow the Police to take the lead, we will be providing oversight until we conclude,” said ACC Boss Joseph Kamara.
Even as he assured the general public of what he described as the Comission’s resolve to minimize the loss of government revenue Mr Kamara expressed grave concern over the disappearance of key documents.