Posted by: APO | 6 May 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 6 May 2008


[Disclaimer: Excerpts below are from print media and news agency dispatches. UNIOSIL cannot vouch for the accuracy of the media reports].


Ex-President Kabbah to testify at UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone

Several newspapers today report the latest development at the UN-backed Sierra Leone Special Court trials, where erstwhile Head of State, Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has been subpoenaed to give testimony in the ongoing trial of former rebel commander, Issa Sesay. The ex-President is reportedly due to appear in court on Thursday 15 may 2008. The Defence team of the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel commanders had insisted that the Mr. Kabbah be brought to give evidence on behalf of their client, Issa Sesay. The story receives wide publicity in New Vision, Awoko, The Standard Times and Independent Observer.


High Court hands down death sentence on three

Presiding Judge, Justice Abdulai Fofanah of Court No. 5 on Friday 2 May reportedly slammed the death sentence on three former workers of the National Fire Force, facing murder charges. Tahimu Sesay, Gibrilla Dumbuya and Mohamed Tarawalie were among seven suspects accused of beating to death late Tony Ojea, an Engineer of the Guma Valley Water Company, for reportedly restraining them from fetching water from a hydrant in Freetown. The long awaited verdict was reportedly welcomed by members of the public as justice been done; and sends the message that people can no longer perpetrate barbaric acts of violence and go Scot-free, The New Citizen, New Vision, For di People, Premier Media and Independent Observer report.


Fullahs poised to stage peaceful nation-wide demonstration

Members of the Fullah ethnic group in the Dogoya Chiefdom, Koinadugu district, have reportedly resolved to go on a peaceful country-wide demonstration should the Government fail to look into grievances contained in a latter they addressed to the President, Ernest Bai Koroma. Their source of bitterness stems from their non-acceptance of the newly crowned tribal head, which they deem as an imposition by the Paramount Chief. They maintained that he was neither their choice nor among the original seven candidates listed for the position; and that through the manipulations of the Paramount Chief, the Vice President hurriedly conducted the crowning ceremony without consultations with the elders and/or the Fullah Community, reports For di People.


Lack of funds stalls Prison relocation

Plans by the ruling Government to relocate the central prison at Pademba Road have reportedly been stalled by lack of funds. According to a press report the Deputy Minister of Local Government stated in an interview with Awoko that Government was keen on improving the squalid situation of the central prison including overcrowding. “We would love to make more improvements in the Prisons Department by first moving its present location to somewhere else, preferably at Mafanta” in the north.



(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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