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Le 100m Bail For Restaurant Owner

By Augustine James

The owner of the popular Balmaya Restaurant in Freetown, Philippe Charles Zollner has been slammed a One Hundred Million Leones (Le. 100,000,000) bail, after been arraigned in court for allegedly failing to pay National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) contributions for his staff.

The bail was granted by Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Pademba Road Court No. 2 on 29th August 2019.

The accused was charged to court on two counts; Count 1; Failing to pay social security contributions contrary to section 32(1)(c) of the NASSIT Act No.5 of 2001 and Count 2; Failing to comply with the provisions of the NASSIT Act No.5 of 2001 and the Regulations of 2004.

The charge sheet claimed that the restaurant owner, Philippe, failed to give reasonable excuse as to how he failed to comply with the provisions of the aforementioned Act and its regulations.

The total amount due including contribution arrears, interest for delayed payment and penalty charged is Le32, 644, 773.60

Lawyer Farah Khan, for the prosecution, alleged that the Balmaya Restaurant being an establishment and “employer” respectively under the NASSIT Act No. 5. Of 2001, on diverse dates between April 2016 and March 2018 at 32 Main Motor road Congo Cross, Freetown, failed to pay social security contributions for its workers to the Trust within the required period

Lawyer T. Conteh for the defense asked for bail for the accused person.

The magistrate granted the Le 100 Million bail with one surety who must be resident in Freetown and with property worth 200 million Leones.

The matter was adjourned to 2nd September, 2019.

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