The charge sheet also said that accused conspired with other persons unknown to commit the said offences between 1 March 2014 and 15 March 2014, at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay, at Cline Town, east of the country’s capital, Freetown.
Led in evidence by ACC’s prosecutor, Jeelo Kainwo, the eight prosecution witness, and acting head of scanning at the quay, Rosaline Bockarie, she started working at the scanning department in 2015 and recognized all indictees.
While, explaining the procedures and processes involved in scanning containers, the witness said she was charged with the responsibility of supervising the day-to-day running of the facility, including the entire operations of the department and recalled the incident of 28 October 2014.
She maintained that on the above stated date investigators from the ACC stormed the scanning department and posed several questions to her in relation to certain containers which the commission was investigating.
Madam Bockarie further informed the court that the scanning facility at the quay was established with the specific aims of scanning all containers coming in and moving out of the ports, adding “there are laid down official rules and procedures which a consignee should follow through to import and export containers in and out of the ports”.
A consignee, she went on, wouldn’t normally come to the scanning department, and if they had a container they were required to send along their delivery order, clarification and evaluation documents for verification by her department.
Madam Bockarie noted that in the case of personal effects of an imported container, the collector of the said container was required to come along with delivery order, receipts and invoices of the said container for same verification by her department for purposes of transparency and accountability.
She explained that when a container arrived at the scanning point, documents relating to that container would be processed, signed and that proper checking would be done before the container vehicle was allowed to undergo scanning process.
The witness also asserted that after the scanning process, images and trailers of the said vehicle container or containers would be inputted into their computers to ascertain what was presented for scanning on documents were correct and accurate.
At that stage, prosecutor Kainwo requested for an adjournment and Justice Alusine Sesay adjourned the matter to 28, November 2016.