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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

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

AG to launch LAB in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has told the people of Waterloo that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG), Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the Western Area Rural District on 6 May 2017.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles pointed out thatHon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has served as keynote speaker in all the launches the Board has had around the country. He noted that the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the supervisory ministry for the Legal Aid Board and further underlined the importance of having the holder of the office at such events in terms of availing himself with the challenges ordinary people face in accessing the justice system. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for these issues to be discussed by the cabinet.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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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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