Forceful initiation into poro society: 10 members released on bail

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March 14, 2019

Ten people that were accused of forcing residents of the Bonthe District into the Poro Society have been released on fifty million Leones bail each.

The men were before the court on six count charges bordering on unlawful assembly, kidnapping, disorderly behaviour, simple larceny and threatening language contrary to law.

The men made their first appearance before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie at the Siaka Stevens Street Court No. 1 in Freetown.

According to the particulars of offence in count one, two and three, the accused persons on dates between 15th to 18th February, 2019, at Moriba Town, Imperi Chiefdom, Bonth District, conspired unlawfully and kidnapped four people,and also behaved in a disorderly manner.

Police also alleges that the accused persons stole four goats and fourteen sheep valued eleven million, seven hundred thousand Leones (11,700,000), and used threatening languages against one Tommy Mambu.

The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ibrahim Mansaray, said he could not proceed because he was yet to inform his witnesses.

In the meantime, lead defense lawyer, E.T. Enoh, applied that the matter be discharged because of want of prosecution.

He argued that the accused persons have spent over 26 days in detention and any adjournment would mean further abuse of their human rights.

In her ruling, Magistrate Bonnie rejected the discharge application and granted the application for bail.

The ten accused persons include, Mustapha Bundu, Sajor Barrie, Idrissa Gbanabom, Hindolo Morinama Songa Junior, Amara Beah, Osman Bangalie, Borbor Gberie, Dauda Pessima, Mohamed Lavalie and James Harvey.

The matter continues on the 20th march 2019.