The judge in Vanuatu’s bribery case was praised for her judgment against an African minister by Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission some years ago.
The Prosecution alleged that Health Minister Koroma had abused his office and position by failing to comply with laws, procedures and guidelines for procurement.
This resulted in significant delays in provision of urgently needed laboratory items in that country.
Justice Sey, in the unequivocal manner we have seen in Vanuatu already, and in her judgment, stated that she could not accept the submissions of the Defence.
She did not find the Accused a truthful witness and was satisfied the Accused knew he was doing something wrong when he imposed his will on the procurement process against the advice of staff members.
The accused minister was sentenced to a term of five years imprisonment.
The Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Abdul Tejan-Cole, welcomed the judgement and noted that it was further evidence there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.