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Public emergency regulation violation…

Religious clerics discharged

OCTOBER 1, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Two pastors and imams were yesterday cautioned and discharged by Principal Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2, Komba Kamanda, after pleading guilty of violating the public emergency regulation during the three days ‘sit-at-home’ from 19 to 21 September.

Magistrate Kamanda admonished the clerics to always abide by the laws of the State, and to follow preventive measures aimed at eradicating the deadly Ebola disease out of the country.

It could be recalled that the accused persons – Pastors Zainab Cole and Iyelarah Cole – were arraigned on one count each for violating Regulation 15(1) of the Public Emergency Regulations of 2014, after they were on 21 September caught in a public gathering at the Total Restoration Outreach Ministry, 91 Peacock Farm, Wellington, unrelated to an Ebola sensitization.

Also, Imam Alpha Swaray and Abdul Amine Kamara were each arraigned on one count of violating the said public emergency regulation after they were found worshipping at the Edward Lane Mosque on 19 September.

The government had announced a national ‘sit-at-home’ from 19 to 21 September, precluding people from going to pray at mosques on Friday, 19 September and churches on Sunday, 21 September, as part of ‘extraordinary measures’ to curb the spread of an Ebola epidemic that has spiralled out of control.