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Court discharges 13 Police ‘mutineers’

May 29, 2018 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Some thirteen police ‘mutineers’ who were standing trial for charges including riotous conduct, disorderly behaviour and insulting behaviour in the Sierra Leone Police Force were yesterday discharged by Principal Magistrate Santigie Bangura.

On 9th February, 2018, thirteen police recruits – Amadu Kanu, Mohamed Israel Sonnie, Santos Jessy Conteh, Ibrahim Kelemasa Sesay, Diana Decker, John Bosco Kamara, James Joseph Yovonie, Raymond Jumanny Sowa and five others – made their maiden appearance in the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 to answer to the above offences.

Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) I. S. Mansaray had alleged that all accused persons, between Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January 2018, at the Hastings Police Training School, incited Police Constables (PC) 16711 Lavali Augusta Umu, PC 16793 Moiwa Daniel, PC 16675 Fallah Momodu, PC-16736 Koroma Mohamed Bomboli, PC-16642 Munu Yayah, John Mumuneh Konteh and Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Saidu Kallay to commit mutiny.

The police prosecutor had further alleged that Amadu Kanu, Mohamed Israel Sonnie and ten others, on the same date conspired with other persons unknown to commit a crime, to wit mutiny.

He had also alleged that the accused persons also conspired to publish false news against the Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Speaking in court yesterday, Magistrate Bangura said the only witness who testified in the matter was a police officer who tendered Whatsapp messages of all the accused persons in court.

He said that even though the accused were at some point, during the court proceedings, put on bail, the defense lawyers have been adamant in asking the court to discharge the accused persons.

He said since the first prosecution witness testified in court, the prosecution in the matter has failed to produce any other witness to testify.

According to Magistrate Bangura, there have been several adjournments and that the evidence adduced before him so far was not sufficient to warrant the committal of the matter to the High Court.

Magistrate Bangura discharged the accused persons on all the counts.

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