The High in the district headquarters town of Kenema, presided over by a Freetown-based judge, justice Allan Bami Halloway has on Friday March 18, 2016 convicted and sentenced Abu Bakarr M. Kamara to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of three million leones after been found guilty of purporting as a staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The convicted accused was tried on a one-court criminal indictment bordering on impersonating an officer of the Anti-Corruption Commission contrary to section 76 of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.
The ACC prosecutor, lawyer Nigel B. E. Davies Esq. who briefed this medium stated that the convict on several occasion was reported to have being roaming around the district purporting as an official of the anti-graft based in the eastern province engaged in intimidating innocent people and extorting monies from them.
The conduct of the accused in fleeceding people was brought to a halt when residents drawn the attention of the commission who acted on a tip-off and arrested him.
In his judgment, justice Halloway said the conduct of the impostor is a serious criminal offence. He noted that the convict was bold with no fear of his action and regard for the law constantly engaged in impersonating a credible institution like the ACC to bruise the image of the commission.
He said such act is punishable under the law and therefore the convict must carry the consequences of his action. He described the act of the convict as evil. Meanwhile, it is unclear whether he was able to pay his fines or not as we went to press.