Court hearing into Isha Johansen corruption postponed to Friday

Court hearing into Isha Johansen corruption postponed to Friday
Sierra Leone National Side players

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Apr 30, 2019. 09:13

A court hearing regarding corruption allegations against Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen, which was slated to take place on Monday, has been postponed to Friday 3 May.

The hearing is related to FIFA’s suspension of Sierra Leone over government interference in the country’s football.

A row erupted in the West African nation’s corridors of power when an anti-corruption commission sacked Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara.

Final submissions by both the prosecution and defence were due to have taken place on Monday, along with the announcement of a date for a final ruling, but the hearing was called off amid confusion over a possible public holiday.

Johansen and Kamara have long been embroiled in a power struggle but deny any wrongdoing of misappropriating funds.

Johansen claims she is the victim of trumped-up, politically-driven charges designed to stop her carrying out an inquiry into match-fixing and corruption allegedly perpetrated by high-ranking opponents.

“I’m looking forward to the case coming to an end soon because this has been a very painful and destructive era in our football,” said Johansen.

“Every single cent was spent on football-related activity. There has been no evidence to show that a single cent has been for my personal benefit.”

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