November 9, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Legal Aid Board of Sierra on Friday (November 6) aided the release of another seven (7) inmates from the Correctional Centre that were standing trial for various offences in both the Magistrate Courts and the High Court of the country.
It could also be recalled that the board recently aided the release of ten (10) inmates from the correctional center who were standing trial for various crimes.
The organization’s Head of Education and Information, Derek Nat George told Concord Times that since they started operation in June 2015, they have succeeded in securing the release of over seventy (70) inmates from prison at free of cost.
“Today with the help of our lawyers, we were able to aid the release of seven (7) inmates who were standing trial for various offences in both the Magistrate and the High Courts of Sierra Leone,” he said.
According to him, the board is a government entity which is established to provide free legal aid services to people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer to represent them in court.
He continued that whenever they aid the release of inmates from the correctional center, they always ask them to sign document with the promise of not committing another crime.
One of the release inmates, twenty-five years old Santigie Kabia said: “I am very happy today because I am now a free man. I must say I am grateful to Legal Aid Board for helping me out of prison. With the lessons learnt at the correctional centre, I promise that I will never do anything that will take me to jail.”
Other freed inmates also expressed the same sentiments and promised not to involve into any activity that would land them into prison.