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Vol 8 No 5

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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7th May 2009    

Mr. Ell Tayyib Bah, National Publicity Secretary, SLPP

Standard Times  of 7th and 8th May 2009

‘Preparation on the way….. SLPP Task Force demands Diamba, motorbikes, cutlasses and daggers for the election… and SLPP secret meetings attract pledges’

As the article is in breach of Media Code of Practice, the IMC directs that the Editor of Standard Times Newspaper be fined the sum of Le500,000(Five Hundred Thousand Leones and asked to do a retraction of the articles and commentary and do a letter of apology to the SLPP within 7 (seven days) on the date of receipt of the letter to be issued to him.


May 8, 2009 - Dangerous signals - Philip Neville of the Standard Times should come up with concrete evidence. There should be a limit to finger-pointing.Former SLAJ President Philip Neville - Has he reached a new low?

Two articles in the Standard Times online news outlet seen today Friday May 8, 2009 and we are informed also replicated in the hard version in the mother country would have any reader feel uneasy, if not extremely agitated and apprehensive given what the country has had to go through in the decade of war, deprivation, murder, rape and outright rule of the beasts in human form. And so to read the two articles published by the Standard Times (never mind the absence of a by-line) raising the spectre of war and insurrection by no group other than the main opposition SLPP - a party that gave way to the then and now ruling opposition party APC to have its leader occupy the top seat and hence become President of the Republic. One item sets the scene, purporting to have evidence of communication within the opposition preparing for war by whatever means against the government while the commentary is a goading to the Ernest Bai Koroma set-up that the government should arrest and hang the opposition to silence them forever. It could have worked during the Stevens and Momoh tenure, but not this time we hope. The items by Standard Times call for a thorough investigation not only by the authorities, but by a committee that should include representatives of the international community. The Sierra Herald would want to alert each and every member of the international community with representatives in Sierra Leone as well as other governments more so those in the West to take a particular note of this, lest the country gets dragged into another quagmire by a government which has increasingly shown contempt for any form of opposition. Sierra Leoneans forced to leave home, friends, community and the land that they love yearn to go back to a country that has paid a dear price for peace.

Editor's note: Had this occurred during the Stevens and Momoh era, be sure that this tape recording would have been a part of the prosecution's evidence to silence the opposition. The Prosecution, led by the Attorney-General and Justice Minister would have requested that the content be heard in camera (not in the open court) and those listening to it would come out smelling of rose water as they would have concurred that evidence on that tape showed that indeed the SLPP had been planning to over throw the government and was soliciting funds form just that enterprise.

It may now sound like a fairy tale, but victims lost liberty and lives.

Ask surviving lawyers for those accused by the APC "democratic" governments under Stevens and Momoh and they will tell you about witnesses with torture marks including cigarette burns and how any attempt to bring this to the APC judges were routinely brushed aside by the courts.

They will also tell you of jury members, sworn APC party loyalists, who housed in luxury hotels, wining and dining at government expense, would without batting an eyelid willingly find their victims guilty.

They will also tell you of rumours doing the rounds at the time that the trial judge would make it a daily business to keep Stevens or Momoh informed of proceedings.

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