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Passport Scandal: Former United Nations Ambassador, Allieu Kanu; Others’ Still In CID Custody

The former Independent Media Commission (IMC) Chair, and Ambassador to the United Nations from Sierra Leone, Allieu Kanu, was arrested on 12 September 2018.

He is accused of corruption offences in the most recent passport scandal. Kanu remains in custody at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He is yet to be released or assigned bail.

According to Patrick Sandi, Anti-Corruption Commissions’ Director of Public Education, the Commission has deliberately refused to set bail conditions because granting Kanu bail may jeopardize evidence in the investigation.

Alfred Kallon of the Office of Master and Registrar remains in CID custody after his arrest on 24 August 2018, in a previous sweep of the Immigration Department and Foreign Affairs Office.

Kanu is among the eleven people arrested yesterday by the ACC at the US Embassy in a joint operation investigating the alleged sale of service and diplomatic passports to people who are not in government service.

Eight suspects arrested at the US Embassy and three were arrested at the Institute for International Law, run by Kanu. Ten of those arrested were released on bail.

It is alleged that Kanu was receiving thousands of dollars to facilitate the issuance of visas to people travelling to the US with the illegally acquired passports under the pretext of working for his Institute.

The investigations are in line with an initially warranted search of the Immigration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of Administrator and Registrar and Ishmarie enterprise, a private venture on Friday 24 August 2018.

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