FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption fee has indicted six officers on corruption allegations, together with an opposition front-runner for the 2023 presidential election.
Samura Kamara was the presidential candidate for the now opposition All People’s Congress (APC) celebration within the 2018 election, and is their presumed candidate for the 2023 polls.
The others embrace the top of chancery and the previous and present monetary attachés on the nation’s mission to the United Nations in New York.
The six are charged with numerous counts of corruption involving $4.2 million meant for the renovation of Sierra Leone’s chancery constructing in Manhattan.
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According to a press release launched by the fee late on Thursday, Kamara is charged with two counts together with misappropriation of public funds amounting to $2,560,000 meant for the chancery constructing’s reconstruction.
He was international minister on the time of the alleged wrongdoing.
Kamara mentioned his authorized workforce was learning the indictment. His marketing campaign workforce denied any wrongdoing in a brief assertion, saying that his “forty years of public service, his unblemished character has by no means been questioned each at nationwide and worldwide ranges”.
Hundreds of Kamara’s supporters accompanied him when he was introduced in for questioning on the anti-corruption fee headquarters in Freetown earlier this month, saying the costs have been politically motivated. The supporters clashed with police who used teargas to disperse them.
The six are because of seem in courtroom on Dec. 10, the fee assertion mentioned.
(Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Editing by Nellie Peyton and Michael Perry)
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