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CONTRARY TO A CERTAIN NEWS TABLOID CITING UNETHICALÂ A.C.C. CONSPIRATORS, NOBODY HAD TO BAIL OUT HON. AFSATU KABBA AS SHE WAS NEVER ARRESTED.Â SHE WAS ASKED UNDER SECTION 63(1) TO PROVIDE 2 SURETIES & ONE OF SALONE’S FOREMOST GOVERNMENT CRITICS, DR. SYLVIA BLYDEN SIGNED ONE OF THE HALF BILLION LEONES BONDS; WHICH ACTION IN ITSELF SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE SITUATION AFSATU KABBA FINDS HERSELF. THE PROPERTY USED TO SECURE THE HALF BILLION LEONES BOND 100% BELONGS TO DR. SYLVIA O. BLYDEN.
See below forÂ Sections 63, 64, 65 & 66 of the Anti CorruptionÂ Act of 2008. Upon her arrival to honour the Invitation sent to her by the Commission, Hon. Afsatu Kabba was served Notice under Section 63(1) in the presence of the Publisher of the Awareness Times. She was not at all handled under Section 66. She was not told she was under arrest nor was she treated as a criminal by anyone. At no point in time was she arrested. She was merely invited to answer to questions.
Surrender of travel documents.
63. (1) Where the Commission has reason to
believe that any person who is under investigation under this Act is
about to leave Sierra Leone, the Commission may, in writing under the
hand of the Commissioner, serve a notice on such person requiring him-
(a) to surrender his travel documents forthwith
to the Commissioner; and
(b) to enter into recognizance with two sureties
who are owners of property in Sierra Leone
the value of which is not less than fifty
million leones, each.
(2) A travel document which is surrendered to the
Commissioner under this section may be held for a period of three months
from the date on which the notice was issued.
(3) Where it appears that the investigation may not be
completed before the expiry of the period of three months, the
Commission may renew the notice for such longer period as may be
(4) Where a person who possesses a travel document
fails to comply with the notice forthwith, he may thereupon be arrested
and taken before the Commission and unless
such person complies with the notice, the Commissioner shall by warrant
commit him to prison for ten days and thereafter, until the Commission
completes the investigation in respect of him.
(5) Subject to subsection (3), a person to whom a notice
under subsection (1) is addressed shall not leave Sierra Leone before the
expiry of the period of three months from the date of the notice unless-
(a) an application made under section 64
for the return of the travel documents is
(b) an application made under section 65
for permission to leave Sierra Leone is
Return of travel documents.
64. A person who has surrendered his travel documents
under section 63 may apply inter partes to the court for the return
of his travel documents.
Permission to leave Sierra Leone.
65. (1) Without prejudice to section 64, a person on
whom a notice under section 63 is served may at any time apply in
writing to the Commissioner or inter partes to a judge or both for
permission to leave Sierra Leone, and every application shall contain a
statement of the grounds on which it is made.
(2) A judge shall not consider an application made
under subsection (1) unless he is satisfied that reasonable notice in writing
of it has been given to the Commissioner.
(3) The Commissioner or a judge shall only grant an
application made under subsection (1) where the Commissioner or the
judge, as the case may be, is satisfied that having regard to all the
circumstances, including the interests of the investigation referred to in
subsection (1) of section 63, a refusal to grant the application would cause
unreasonable hardship to the applicant.
(4) Before an application is granted under this section-
(a) the applicant may be required to-
(i) deposit such reasonable sum of
money with such person as may be
(ii) enter into such recognizance with
such sureties, if any, as may be
(iii) deposit such sum of money and enter
into such recognizance as may be
(b) such applicant or surety may be required to
deposit such property or document of title or
instrument thereto with such person as may
be specified for retention by that person
until such time as any recognizance entered
into under this subsection is no longer
required or is forfeited.
(5) A recognizance referred to in subsection (4) shall be
subject to a condition that the applicant shall appear at such time and place
in Sierra Leone as may be specified and at such other time and place in
Sierra Leone thereafter as may be further specified.
(6) An application under this section may be granted
either without condition or subject to a condition that the applicant shall
appear at such time and place in Sierra Leone as may be specified and at
such other time and place in Sierra Leone thereafter as may be further
(7) Where a person is permitted to leave Sierra Leone
under this section subject to a condition imposed under subsection (5) or
(6), then after the time specified under that subsection or (if applicable)
after the last of such times, subsection (5) of section 63 shall continue to
apply in respect of the person as if the person had not been permitted to
leave Sierra Leone under this section.
Powers of arrest.
66. (1) An investigating officer authorized in that
behalf by the Commissioner may, without warrant, arrest any
person upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed or being about
to commit an offence under this Act.
(2) Where the Commissioner is satisfied that a person
who may assist the Commission in an investigation-
(a) has interfered with a potential witness; or
(b) intends to destroy documentary evidence
which is in his possession and which he has
refused to give to the Commission,
the Commission may, in writing under the hand of the Commissioner,
direct an investigating officer to arrest that person.
(3) An investigating officer may solicit the assistance
of a police officer, in effecting an arrest under this Act.
Bail and other procedures after arrest.
67. (1) A person arrested under section 66-
(a) may be taken to the offices of the
(b) may be taken forthwith to a detention
facility established by the Commission; or
(c) may be taken to a police station and
dealt with in accordance with the
Criminal Procedure Act, 1965.
(2) A person arrested and taken to the offices of the
Commission or detained at a detention facility pursuant to subsection (1)
(a) detained there if the Commissioner
considers it necessary for the purpose of
(b) released from custody-
(i) on surrendering his travel documents
to the Commission; or
(ii) on depositing such reasonable sum
of money as the Commission may
(iii) on his entering into recognizance
with such sureties, if any, as the
Commissioner may require and
conditioned upon the attendance of
the person at the offices of the
Commission at such time or times as
the Commissioner may specify; or
(iv) on condition that he resides at such
address as the Commissioner may
(v) on condition that he attends at the
offices of the Commission at such
time or times as the Commissioner
may specify; or
(vi) on any one or more of the conditions
set out in sub-paragraphs (i) to (v).
(3) Where a person released from custody under this
section fails to attend at the offices of the Commission, the deposit paid or
recognizance entered into for release, as the case may be, may be forfeited
by a judge upon application by the Commission.
(4) Any person who is detained at the offices of the
Commission under this section shall be brought before a court as soon as
practicable but not later than ten days after his arrest in accordance with
paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 17 of the Constitution, unless
sooner released on bail.
(5) Any person detained by the Commission for the
purposes of further inquiries under paragraph (a) of subsection (2) shall,
while being moved to or from any other place in the custody of an
investigating officer on the instructions of the Commissioner, be deemed
to be in lawful custody.
(6) The Commission may, by statutory instrument,
make such provisions as it considers necessary for the treatment of
persons detained by the Commission.
(7) In this section, the reference to “Commissioner” in
subsections (2), (3) and (5) includes the Deputy Commissioner and, where
appropriate, any investigating officer designated by the Commissioner in
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