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Editorial

ACADEMIC CHEATING AND ITS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES: WHAT, HOW, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY?

“The battle is neither for the swift, nor the strong but those who endure” Those with the swiftness of a Dove and the pervading endurance of an Eagle let them fly; phoenix-like, slowly, but surely, we’d trot our way through” “Those who deny freedom to others deserves it not themselves”-Abraham Lincoln

Sometime last March, I listened to the regular BBC “Africa Have Your Say” programme and the subject of the discussion in question was academic cheating especially at tertiary level across the Globe but with emphasis on Africa. The discussants, mainly youth who had either gone or are going through the rigours of University education debated the topic bringing to bear their various experiences and or responses to challenges during their days in the University.

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Business News

Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko opens its doors to guests

On Tuesday the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel opened its doors today after a complete refurbishment which has focused on stylish and spacious interiors and a welcoming atmosphere. 

The Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko is Sierra Leone’s first five star hotel and achieving those sorts of standards has taken time and the entire refurbishment of the building to Radisson Blu’s exacting standards.  The hotel features 172 rooms and suites, many with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Media News

SLAJEC RESPONSE TO APPEAL OF SLAJ NOMINEES TO THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION (IMC)

Freetown, April 5, 2014: The Electoral Commission of SLAJ wishes to inform the membership that two (2) of the three (3) nominees deemed to be ineligible to contest for the position of IMC Commissioners under the Broadcast Category filed an appeal within the 48 hour window given to them. The Commission examined the appeals and reached the following conclusion:

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Commentary

law school/council or legal education

I have read with keen  interest the several feature articles, opinions, lead stories with analyses in some of our local newspapers, listened to 98.1 FM radio station in particular programme Good Morning Sierra Leone, on what I will term the Sierra Leone Law School/Council of Legal Education SAGA re the Bar Final Examinations for the academic year 2012/2013, and have come to one conclusion that in order to appease the "aggrieved students", the "affected Barristers and Solicitors of the Sierra Leone Bar Association", the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, who is no less a person than the Honourable Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, the Registrar of the Law School, the best way forward is for His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to ask the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide the Sierra Leone Government with five eminent persons connected with Legal Education in the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, and India, to form a Commission to REVIEW  the  reports of the "Committees set up to investigate complaints levied  against the Sierra Leone Law School, challenging the authenticity of the 2012/13 Bar final results."

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Society -Local News

CONVICTION FOR UNEXPLAINED WEALTH: ACC CHARTS A NEW PATH

In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone.

Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties in the investigative process and proof of the elements constituting the offence. More importantly however, the greatest obstacle has been political interference in the successful prosecutions of such cases. Despite the challenges, the ACC braved the odds and presented evidenced acceptable by the Court to meet the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Unexplained wealth is defined as where ‘any person who, being or having been a public officer maintains a standard of living above that which is commensurate with his present or past official emoluments; or; ‘is in control of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his present or past official emoluments, unless he gives a satisfactory explanation to the court as to how he was able to maintain such a standard of living or how such pecuniary resources or property came under his control, commits an offence.

Recent high-profile cases have focused attention on the transfer of assets abroad by heads of state and other senior officials from developing countries in amounts that far exceed their legitimate sources of income. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, (UNCAC) criminalizing illicit enrichment, was drafted to address this issue. However, very few of the states parties to the UNCAC have introduced this offence in their legal systems, largely because of due process concerns. The challenge is to find ways to implement Article 20 that balance the rights of the accused with the right of society to recover illicitly acquired national wealth.

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News - Press Release

PRESIDENT KOROMA APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

The Commissioner of the Anti-C0rruption Commission (ACC) wishes to inform the general public that it has pleased His Excellency the President,    Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, to appoint Mr. Shollay Davies Deputy Commissioner of the ACC, subject to Parliamentary approval.

Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Shollay Davies was Director of Public Education and External Outreach of the Commission. He holds a Higher Teachers’ Certificate (HTC) from the then Milton Margai Teachers College (MMTC), a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree from the Njala University College and a Master of Business Administration  (MBA) from the Institute of Public Education and Management. He also has undergone several professional trainings, including but not limited to, Community Mobilization, Anti-Corruption and Fiduciary Management, within and outside Sierra Leone.

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Politics

President Koroma Assures WARSO

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 9th April assured the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) delegation of government’s continuous support in the development and implementation of road safety measures in Sierra Leone and the sub-region as a whole.

“I want to assure you that we are committed to the convention,” he said.

President Koroma gave this assurance while receiving WARSO delegation led by the Director General of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority, Dr Sarah Bendu, during a courtesy call on him at State House, Freetown.

He described the visit as timely as government was in the process of improving on the road network in the country; between districts, regional and headquarter towns, which according to the President will necessitate full regulation of recklessness on the part of drivers amongst other road users.

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Development

Sierra Leone launches a five year Child Justice Strategy

Freetown, 3 April 2014 – The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) in collaboration with the Justice Sector Coordinating Office (JSCO) and UNICEF today launched the Child Justice Strategy for 2014 – 2018 in Freetown.

The number of children accused of breaking the law in Sierra Leone has increased in recent years. Many children are held with adults, and children whose cases go to court often wait months before their cases are finally dealt with.

Children who have been victims of violence, abuse and exploitation are highly vulnerable and in need of special protection and support. However, the justice system is intended for adults, and the process can traumatise children. Two thirds of all child victims who come to the Police are there as a result of sexual violence and 96 per cent of them are girls.

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