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“I met the deceased lying half naked”…PW1 explained PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:49

Prosecution Witness Number One (PW1) in the ongoing murder trial of a retired solider Dauda Sesay, Timothy Mustapha Sawary has testified in the High Court that during the alleged incident he met the deceased lying on the floor half naked.

The defendant in this action was arraigned before Appeal Court Judge; Justice John Bosco Alieu after going through preliminary investigation at the Magistrate Court for allegedly murdered his mother Yealie Sesay.

Led in evidence by State Counsel Robin Mason Jr. the witness said on the date of the incident, he was at his Freedom West Drive at the Catholic Relief Service community Grafton at around 6 am when a group of women arrived and informed him that he defendant has killed his mother.

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Pupil Exposes Rapist PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:47

A 12 year-old Class Six Pupil has explained how she was knew and sexually abused by their next door neighbor.

Led in evidence by Police Sergeant 875 Bangura IS at the Magistrate Court No. 1 presided over by Magistrate Dr. Abou Bakarr Binneh Kamara, the victim said on the date of the alleged incident, she was at home when the accused came and escorted her to his room.

She said upon entering the room, the accused undress her, pushed her on the bed and forcefully have sexual intercourse with her.

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HRCSL CONDUCTS TRAINING ON THE DISABILITY ACT, CRPD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 03 February 2017 16:25

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday January 31 conducted training for Commissioners and staff of HRCSL and the Disability Commission on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and Persons with Disability Act-2011.

The training which took place at the Buxon Hall, Charles Street was facilitated by Lawyer Hon. Julius Nye-Cuffie. It was for better understanding of its provisions to enhance effective monitoring of the implementation of the CRPD and Persons with Disability Act) -2011.

The rationale for the training is based on the fact that the current approach on issues of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) is human rights based approach in which PwDs are rights holders as they are equal in dignity and respect as other people. According to Section 7(2) (f) of the Human Rights Commission Act of Sierra Leone Act monitors and document human rights violations.

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Appeal Counsel Advocate For His Client PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Monday, 26 September 2016 09:55

Counsel representing Roxy Edward an appellant seeking justice on a property matter in the appellate jurisdiction (Appeal Court) Francis Kwame Gabber has applied for the court to discountance the judgment dated October 2016 and award cost to his client.

The appellant took his action to the Appeal Court after being dissatisfied over a judgement made by Magistrate Court No.9 between him and one Abdul Rahman Bah for a property situated at Sackville Street in Freetown.

According to the application of notice of motion file in the court of appeal, the grounds stated by the appellant are that the judgment of the Presiding Magistrate Court No.9 contrivance Section 2,3 and 7 of the Summary Ejectment Act Cap 49 of the Laws of Sierra Leone 1960.

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Solar Era Woo Paramount Chiefs at Bo Alternative Energy Meet PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:38

Bo – (02 April2016) – Sierra Leonean solar power provider Solar Era Holdings, on 2 April 2016, presented plans for the country’s first solar PV plant to an audience of Paramount Chiefs gathered in Bo for a showcase on renewable energy technologies.

The event, organised by Minister of EnergyAmb. Henry MacAulay for all Sierra Leone’s 149 Paramount Chiefs, was an opportunity to engage in discussion on power provision toall Sierra Leoneans, and renewable energy’s role in achieving this goal.

While the Government of Sierra Leone believes that demand will reach 1000MW by 2018,nearly 90% of households do not have access to electricity.His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, in his Agenda for Prosperity, declared energy to be a key priority for his government, with access to electricity provided to even the most remote and vulnerable communities.

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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.

In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.

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Commentary

A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.

A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.  

The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.

Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest.  Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.

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News - Press Release

PARLIAMENT DEFERS DEBATE ON THE FINANCE ACT 2017
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
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Society -Local News

LAB tours operation and court in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Freetown Office have paid an on the spot visit to the Legal Aid Board Office in Waterloo where they interacted with clients. There were twenty-two clients with women accounting for the majority. 

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles spoke to some of the clients about their complaints majority of which were maintenance cases. She also touched on the quality of service provided by the staff. She assured that they will received the same quality of service asclients in the Freetown Office and other parts of the country where the scheme has got an office.  ‘You have to be patient with us because we do have enough staff to service you all at the same time but we will continue to do our best with the resources at our disposal,’ she assured them. 

The Defence Counsel, Lawyer Tholley and Paralegals Arnold Dixon and GibrilJallohbriefed the Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team on the volume of cases received per day. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles assured that steps are being taken to improve the office with furniture, computers, fan and air conditioners. ‘There is need to improve the working environment for you and our clients as the numbers accessing the scheme continue to increase,’ she said. 

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Development

PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training

FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).

The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.

Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate",  en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
 
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
 
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes  after the aircraft  landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".
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