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‘Gold Mafia’ Dupes Turkish Investor Over Le4B

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One alleged gold mafia, Amadu Makah Jalloh has been re-arraigned before Hon. Justice Ivan Sesay presiding over the High Court No.1 in Freetown for committing multiple criminal offences.

The accused person is facing eighteen count indictments ranging from Conspiracy to Defraud, Receiving Money by False Pretenses to Money Laundering.

According to the Particulars of Offence, the accused person, Amadu Makah Jalloh on a date between 1st December 2019 and 29 January 2020 with intent to defraud conspired with unknown individuals to defraud Konkalsit Limited, a Turkish company through its agent, Asomany Modeste Omar, a whopping sum of four billion, two hundred and seventy two thousand Leones.

The accused person allegedly received the said amount from the Turkish investor by pretending that he had two kilograms worth of gold dust for sale, knowing same to be false.

Court records further indicated that the accused person, Amadu Makah Jalloh also defrauded a businessman, Hamidu Sow the sum of sixty six thousand, two hundred and thirty United States dollars, on the pretext that he also had two kilograms worth of gold for sale, knowing same to be false.

The accused person allegedly collected the said amount from the Turkish investor, Asomany Modeste Omar and Hamidu Sow at the Diamond Bank account through Zenith Bank in Sierra Leone.

But the accused person pleaded not guilty.

In light of this development, Counsel for the accused person, J.M. Jengo applied for bail on the grounds that his client is not a flight risk.

He submitted that the accused person Amadu Makah Jalloh has credible and reliable sureties who are ready and willing to stand on his behalf, and that the sureties would always avail themselves in court on every adjourned date.

In his wisdom, Hon. Justice Ansumana Ivan Sesay admitted the accused person to stiff bail in the sum of five billion Leones including three sureties in like sum.

He ordered that the three sureties must surrender their Title Deeds to the court, and that their Title Deeds must be located within the Freetown Judicial District in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Hon. Justice Ansumana Ivan Sesay further ordered that the sureties’ Title Deeds must be evaluated by an independent  licensed evaluator  and evaluation certificate forwarded to the Deputy Master and Registrar.

According to him, sureties must surrender their national identity or voter cards, adding that the accused person must also surrender his passport and all travelling documents to the court and that bail should to be approved by the Deputy Master and Registrar.

The accused person Amadu Marka Jalloh had met his bail conditions. But when he was re-arraigned for trial the prosecution could not proceed with the trial, due to the non- appearance of the prosecution  witness or witnesses and requested for an adjournment.

The State was represented by barrister Adrian Fisher, while the accused person, Amadu Makah Jalloh was defended by barrister J.M. Jengo and M. Y. Kanu

The matter is adjourned to Thursday 25th June this year.

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