"I can confirm that the SLFA President, Isha Johansen and SLFA Secretary General, Chris Kamara have been indicted on six counts relating to abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds," the ACC boss said in a news conference on Thursday. “They will make their first appearance in court on 30th October 2017.”
The ACC’s indictment came just a day after Madam Johansen in an interview with both BBC and CNN declared her intention in a re-election bid for the SLFA Presidency.
With regards to the timing of the indictment, the ACC Commissioner said they are not concerned with the politics of SLFA and their indictment came at the legal appropriate timing.
He said: “The Commission had filed a sealed indictment since September 8th 2017 and we think this is now the legally appropriate time for our decision. We are not concerned with the politics of SLFA.”
Meanwhile, the SLFA executive committee is yet to make an official statement however Madam Johansen told the BBC that the announcement by the ACC was inevitable and predictable adding that she is deeply saddened by it.
"It's another sad day for justice, integrity and patriotism in Sierra Leone, another sad day for any woman who dares to pioneer change. I always knew that my announcement to run for a second term would provoke strong reactions," the indicted SLFA president told the BBC.
The ACC indictment came exactly 379 days after Madam Johansen, Chris Kamara and the SLFA Vice-President Brima Mazola Kamara were arrested by the ACC and detained at the Criminal Investigations department after they failed to attend a hearing summoned by the Commission.
Unlike Johansen and Kamara, the SLFA Vice President according to the ACC has no case to answer.
Johansen and Kamara become the third people from SLFA to be indicted by the ACC after the then Secretary General Alimu Bah was convicted and sentenced in June 2010.
Bah was indicted on one-count charge of misappropriation of funds and was accused of dishonestly appropriating the sum of Five Thousand Two Hundred United States Dollar (USD 5,200) which was part of the sum of Six Thousand United States Dollar (USD 6,000) that was donated to the Sierra Leone Football Association SLFA by the Confederation of African Football CAF. The Learned Trial Judge convicted Bah and imposed a fine of twenty million Leones (Le 20,000,000) or 1 year imprisonment.
Isha Johansen was elected SLFA boss in August 2013 in a controversial elections which saw three of her opponents disqualified.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.