By Musa Paul Feika
The presiding Magistrate at the Ross Road Magistrate Court No.1, Magistrate Alhaji Suliaman Koroma, has ordered the arrest of both the former Ambassador to the Republic of Belgium and also Head of European Union Mission in the erstwhile President Koroma`s administration, Dr. Christian S. Kargbo and his surety for failing to avail themselves in court for three consecutive times.
The defendant is before the court on two counts charge of obtaining money by false pretences and fraudulent conversion, which are all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to the charge sheet, Dr. Christian S. Kargbo, who resides at Femi Turner Drive Goderich in Freetown, sometime in 2011, fraudulently converted to his own use ten million Leones (Le10,000,000), which was entrusted to him by the complainant, Ben Bella Conteh, pretending that he had a Renault vehicle for sale knowing the same to be false.
Initially, when the matter was brought before Magistrate Alhaji Suliaman Koroma, the defendant was on the run until when a bench warrant was again issued him. He was arrested by Inspector Mohamed Gbangbor, who is also a police prosecutor, at the Ross Magistrate Court No.1.
In addition, when the applicant testified in court, the defendant vowed to settle the matter amicably with the applicant, but he failed to so.
Eventually, Magistrate Alhaji Suliaman Koroma had failed to deliver a ruling thrice due to the absence of the defendant. But according to J.M. Jengo, who was defending the accused, in the last hearing, he intimated the bench that the accused was unwell, even though there was no medical paper before the court to ascertain his claim. As a result, a bench warrant was issued against him and his surety.