Former Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Works to pay US $30,000 or go to jail

The Anti-Corruption Commission has secured conviction against former Deputy Minister of Works Abdul Barrie who is to pay Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le 250,000,000) approximately US$30,000, within 30 days, effective 24th April 2019, or face three years imprisonment.

Deputy Minister of Works Abdul Barrie

Justice Reginald Sydney Fynn Jnr, on Wednesday 24th April 2019 in the High Court of Sierra Leone sentenced Mr. Abdul Barrie, former Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure (MWHI) to three (3) years imprisonment or pay a fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le 250,000,000), following his conviction for corruption.

Mr. Abdul Barrie was standing trial on seven (7) counts of corruption offences in relation to contracts for the refurbishment of various government properties which he awarded to Ribar Enterprise, a business he jointly owns with his wife without disclosing his interest.

He had initially entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea at his first court appearance, but later changed his plea to ‘guilty’ for the fifth count of ‘Failure to disclose interest to public body’, contrary to Section 45 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No 12 of 2008.

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