By Jane B. Mansaray……………………
Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No1 yesterday remanded two accused persons, Albert Musa (a member of the Sierra Leone National Dance Troop) and Albert Koroma at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center in Freetown for an alleged attempt to traffic four boys and a girl from the St. Georges Foundation Home in Grafton to The Gambia without lawful authority.
The accused persons were arraigned in court on twenty counts related charges ranging from conspiracy to traffic a person contrary to law, to human trafficking contrary to Section 18 of the Anti Human Traffic Act 2005.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused persons between the 1st and 15th October 2015 at Waterloo in the outskirt of Freetown, conspired to traffic five children for the purpose of recruitment and transported them from Freetown to The Gambia for exploitation as dancers.
In his testimony, the first prosecution witness, Sgt 5927 Ibrahim Alimamy Kamara attached to the Trans National Organised Crime Unit Murray Town in Freetown, said he recognized the accused and recalled on the 2rd October 2015 when he received a transfer case and enquiring file from Waterloo Police Station.
The witness said, on the 24th October 2015, a team of officers including himself went to the St. Georges Home and the Waterloo Police Station for further investigation, and later obtained statement from witnesses.
On the 30th October 2015, he testified that himself together with Woman Police Constable 13390 charged both accused persons separately for the said offences.
The accused were represented by Lawyer Ivan Sesay while Woman Police Sergeant 5984 I.G. Fofana is prosecuting the matter. The accused were refused bail and the matter was adjourned to the 9th November, 2015.