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Philip Lukuley convicted on 13 counts charge

14 July 2011 at 02:21 | 388 views

According to an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) press release the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) Philip Lukulay was on 11th July 2011 convicted of twelve (12) counts of misappropriation of public funds and one count of failing to comply with a requirement under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 by the High Court of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Philip Lukulay (photo) was charged by the Anti-Corruption Commission on a one
hundred and ninety four (194) count indictment including charges for willfully
failing to comply with rules and regulations relating to the management of
public funds, misappropriation and conspiracy.

The Hon. Justice Browne-Marke fined the accused a total of One Hundred and
Twenty Five Million Leones (Le125, 000,000) and ordered him to repay the
misappropriated sum of One Hundred and Thirty Nine Million Four Hundred and
Seventy Eight Thousand Leones (Le 139, 478,000) into court within four weeks.

The state was represented by Reginald Sydney Fynn Jr. and Miatta Samba Esq.
whilst the accused was represented by Emmanuel E.C Shears Moses Esq. and Solomon Jamiru Esq.

Philip Lukulay is said to be one of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone today with his wealth measured in United States dollars, not in Leones the local currency. His conviction has, to a considerable extent, salvaged the image of the ACC, which is still reeling from the recent acquittal of another big fish, Allieu Sesay, former boss of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) who was indicted for many alleged acts of corruption (57 counts charge) by the ACC.