By Michael Bockarie
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Samura has told human rights activists that the Inspector General of Police has sent a memorandum to all police stations in the country stating that bail is free.
ASP Samura made the remarks at the launch of the Police Case DVD and Facilitator’s Guide organized by AdvoAid at the British Council hall, Tower Hill in Freetown. He further encouraged the public to report any police officer who requests a bribe in exchange for bail.
He revealed that government provides various incentives for police officers, thus there is no more excuse for corruption. He called on citizens to be law abiding and by so doing would not have cause to bribe police officers.
The police spokesman noted that most often than not, police officers would rather not take bribe, but are induced or compromised by citizens who are not law abiding.
Deputy Master and Registrar, Stephen Mansaray Esq., while formerly launching the DVD and Facilitator’s Guide, also emphasised the need for zero tolerance payment for bail not only to the police but court officials and prison guards in the country.
He noted that the DVD would help educate citizens about their rights, without which they cannot demand those rights.
Stephen Douglas, the Guide author, said the content of the video are stories which will help the public to know about what to do if they are in conflict with the law, and that the guide supports those stories in the video.
Charles Jakosa Esq., Team Leader, Access to Justice and Security Programme, noted that lawyers spend long time educating their clients and offenders, and expressed optimism that the film would help the public to understand what to do when they are arrested.
Co-founder of AdvoAid, Sabrina Mahtani, earlier in her welcome address said that the organization supports justice, educate and reintegrate female detainees and their children in Sierra Leone.