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Bar and Legal Aid discuss access to justice PDF  | Print |  E-mail
News
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:57

The Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), Mr. Julian Cole has called on the Sierra Leone Legal Board to assist with finding a solution to issues of bail processing and approval.  Cole noted that those charged with approving bail do impose their own conditions and this is imposing obstacles in securing bail for accused persons.

Cole registered the concern when the new executive of the Bar Association met with the management of the Legal Aid Board on Tuesday, July 26. Cole lauded the Legal Aid Board for the significant progress in promoting access to justice and the commitment shown by its lawyers in handling a lot of cases in court.

The President of the Association, Ms. Rhoda SouffianKargboNuni said her Association will build on the partnership between the two institutions. ‘If you need any assistance from us, please let us know,’ she said. ‘When the Board succeeds, the profession can take some of the credit.’

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President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma Arrives In Morocco PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 21 July 2016 15:48

The general public is hereby informed that His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will leave Freetown today, Thursday, July 21, 2016 for high-level deliberations with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The visit is part of His Excellency the President's ongoing drive as Coordinator of the Committee of Ten (C-10) of the African Union to canvass support for Africa to secure two permanent and five non-permanent seats in the Security Council of the United Nations.

The President will also hold bilateral discussions with his colleague and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco on a wide range of issues that include, but not limited to, the further strengthening of diplomatic ties between Sierra Leone and Morocco, trade, socio-economic development, and regional approaches to global peace and security.

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OSMAN K. CONTEH & NAVO KAIKAI TAKE OATH OF OFFICE PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:16
The Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay has on the 19th July, 2016 successfully administered oath, as contained in the Third Schedule of the 1991 Constitution to Hon. Osman K. Conteh of Constituency 050, and Hon. Navo Kaikai of Constituency 001 in the Well of Parliament filled with jubilant supporters of both APC and SLPP. Having taken the oath of office, both of them have entered their official duties as Members of Parliament representing both Constituencies in Port Loko and Kailahun Districts.
 
After, they had subscribed and signed the oath of office for Members of Parliament, the Clerk handed them two envelopes containing the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, and the Standing Orders of Parliament, saying that they are the “tools with which they work and will also enhance their efficiency in Parliament regarding debates and any other duties as may be assigned to them”, followed by a rapturous applause by the crowd of supporters. They were later conducted to their respective seats by the Majority and the Minority Whips in Parliament.
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PRESS RELEASE ON THE KIDNAPPING NELSON WILLIAMS PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 23:04

GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE
PRESS RELEASE
FOLLOWING CONFIRMED REPORTS OF THE KIDNAPPING OF SIERRA LEONES DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, MAJOR
GENERAL (RTD) ALFRED CLAUDE NELSON-WILLIAMS ON 1ST JULY, 2016, THE GOVERNMENT WISHES TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT:
GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WITH THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA WITH A VIEW TO SECURING THE RELEASE OF THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER;
THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ASSURED THE GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE THAT IT IS DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONERS SAFE RETURN;
GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN DIRECT CONTACT ON THE MATTER WITH OUR HIGH COMMISSION IN ABUJA AS WELL AS THE FAMILY OF THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER IN FREETOWN;
GOVERNMENT IS DISPATCHING A HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION TO NIGERIA LED BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURSUING COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN RESOLVING THE PROBLEM.
PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT GOVERNMENT WILL ENDEAVOUR TO UPDATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING THE SITUATION AS THEY UNFOLD.
END
STATE HOUSE
FREETOWN 4TH JULY, 2016

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Her Majesty The Queen honours the achievements of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 2016 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:06

On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

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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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