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Former Sierra Leone FA boss pleads not guilty to charges

PICTURED: Isha Johansen

ISHA JOHANSEN has pleaded not guilty to corruption-related charges in a Freetown high court on Monday (Oct 31), BBC Sport reports.

The former Sierra Leone FA President was in court alongside Christopher Kamara, who also pleaded not guilty to the charges brought by Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

According to BBC Sport the court appearance came five days after Johansen and Kamara were set aside from their respective positions as Sierra Leone FA (SLFA) president and secretary general – both were later released on bail.

Presiding judge Justice Reginald Fynn has adjourned the case until Wednesday (Nov 1).

The two officials were originally indicted on six-count charges but the leading prosecutor in court, ACC commissioner Ade Macauley, has increased these.

Johansen was handed seven counts on abuse of office and three joint counts with Kamara, who received only one separate count charge.

The charges relate to allegations regarding misappropriation of donor and public funds, conspiracy to commit corruption offence and abuse of office.

Johansen pleaded not guilty to each of the counts read in the court.

Both Johansen and Kamara were released on the same bail condition set by the ACC, amounting to some $65,000 apiece and were asked to surrender their passports to the court.

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