Concord Times (Freetown)

13 December 2013

Sierra Leone: Police Boss Debunks Malian's Claim of Malicious Prosecution

Local Unit Commander, Bo Police Station, Superintendent Sahr R. Kamara has debunked claims of malicious prosecution by a Malian, after police arrested and charged him to court for allegedly causing public mischief.

David Traore had told the court in his previous appearance that he was arrested and charged to court because he refused to provide police with vital intelligence about a mystery arms transshipment into the country via Benin and Guinea.

Superintendent Kamara, who was testifying this week in the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, said that Traore had him that his (Traore) boss who resides in Mail was on the verge of trafficking arms and ammunition into the country.

He testified that the accused, on 20th October, gave him the piece of intelligence in his office in Bo, which he (the accused) said was for the Inspector General of Police. He said the accused told him he could not report the matter in Freetown because he had travelled in a vehicle that was headed to Bo.

"I further questioned him about his nationality and his occupation. He told me that he is a Malian and that he is a computer Engineer," he testified. "I also asked him to produce his travelling documents and he only produced a Malian ID card."

He said the accused gave him details of the two trailers, with Guinean registration numbers: RC 7864 and RC 4852 that the alleged arms and ammunition were to be transported in, disguised as building materials.

Superintendent Kamara said he alerted commanders stationed at border crossing points to look out for the said trailers, but to no avail.

Apparently, the hoax operation led police to apprehend the accused and charge him with three counts of conspiracy to cause public mischief.

He has since denied the charges, instead accusing the police of vendetta because he failed to cooperate with them.

Meanwhile, the magistrate refused to grant him bail citing "the seriousness of the matter."

The matter was adjourned to 17 December for further hearing.

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