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ACC on the Warpath: Minister, 3 Others Refused Bail

16 June 2007 at 19:20 | 1191 views

By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown.

Dr. Prince Alex Harding(photo), suspended as Minister of
Transport and Communications in the aftermath of the
helicopter crash, his Permanent Secretary Ahmed Wurie,
the Director of Civil Aviation and his deputy Messrs
Gbongor and Tarawalie respectively spent the weekend
in detention at the Aberdeen Police Station after the
Anti Corruption Commission refused giving orders for
bail to be granted following their arrest on Friday.

Reports say ACC boss, Dr. Henry Joko-Smart also
refused meeting lawyers Rowland Wright and Anthony
Brewah when they called to know the charges against
their clients and the condition for bail.

At the ACC last Saturday, this press could not lay
hands on any of the senior officials and even the
Public Relations Officer, Doris Fisher was not

The ACC is alleging that the suspects
solicited an advantage (received illegal money) from
Paramount Airline to keep it in business against the
background of an earlier order for it to be grounded
pending the certification of its air worthiness by the
International Civil Aviation Organization.

The two-prong investigation on corruption and causes of
the helicopter crash comes in the wake of the killing
of some 20 foreign nationals by Paramount Airlines on
June 3 at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi.