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Unconfirmed information reaching this medium has it that former Chairman of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Alieu Ibrahim Kanu, might soon sue the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on allegations relating Character Assassination.

Reports say the Ambassador, a legal luminary himself, has ordered his legal team to put documents together to seek redress after being acquitted and discharged on all corruption related offences he was standing trials on.

It can be recalled that the ambassador alongside Alfred Kallon and Sulaiman Issa Turay were standing trial for various corruption offences, including Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence and Abuse of Office, contrary to Sections 128(1) and 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 respectively.

The three men were accused of using their offices to improperly make requests for facilitate and ensure access to the Republic of Sierra Leone Service Passport by, and for the use of, persons who are not entitled to be holders of Service Passports in order to illegally facilitate their travel overseas as Public Servants.

This medium could not reach the ambassador for confirmation of this report but stands ready to publish his side, if it is a yes or no, on him suing the ACC whenever he is reached.

However, in another development, the High Court of Sierra Leone, Holden in Freetown, presided over by the Hon. Justice Miatta M. Samba, JA, has convicted Alfred Kallon of 5 Tough Drive, Allen Town, former Senior Human Resource Officer at the Office of the Administrator and Registrar-General, on thirty four (34) counts of corruption offences.

Also, the former Director of Surveys and Lands, in the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Christian Harold Abioseh Pratt, who was charged on a single count of Abuse of Office in relation to land distribution, was acquitted and discharged by Justice Miatta Maria Samba, JA.

The Commission is reviewing these files and will appeal the discharges and wished to reassure the general public of its resolve to fight corruption at all levels and pursue justice at all times without fear or favor.

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