Ernest Bai Koroma Charged and Arraigned in Sierra Leone Court Amidst Controversy
Freetown, Sierra Leone – January 3, 2024
Former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, faced charges in a Magistrate Court today following allegations connecting him to the coup attempt on November 26, 2023. The arraignment comes amidst heated discussions and significant public interest.
Solicitor General of Sierra Leone, Robert Baoma Kowa Esq., represented the state, showcasing a notable performance in court. The charges against Koroma include treason and other serious offenses.
In a recent update, Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, on her verified Facebook page, reported that Koroma appeared in court earlier today. He has been granted bail under the same conditions previously set, which include house arrest with restrictions on visitors. The case has been adjourned for two weeks, during which several developments could occur.
One such possibility is the “leapfrog” of Koroma’s case from the Magistrate Court directly to the High Court under Section 136 of the 1965 Criminal Procedure Act. This move would bypass preliminary investigations at lower courts and expedite the treason trial.
Additionally, there are unconfirmed reports of negotiations led by ECOWAS for Koroma’s possible exile to Nigeria. However, these reports have yet to be contested, and full details are expected to be released later.
The situation remains fluid, with the Sierra Leonean public keenly observing the proceedings. Many are calling for justice, and any decision, especially regarding the potential exile, is likely to be met with critical public scrutiny.
The case’s developments reflect Sierra Leone’s commitment to legal processes and the nation’s stance against political unrest.
Reported by SLPP Today, with information credited to Uncle Sankara Media Platform and Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden.