Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sierra Leone mutiny trial begins

Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma
The prosecutor's opening statement in the mutiny court-martial being tried in Freetown is reported here. The accuseds' goal, he contended, was to overthrow the government of Sierra Leone and remove President Ernest Bai Koroma.
"He said all the accused persons agreed upon methodology, planning and tactics to disturb senior officers and that some of the plans they had wanted to introduce include, converting Sierra Leone into a hot spot, dividing Sierra Leone, plans not be opened to negotiation during the mutiny, execute Cabinet Ministers, not to accept any deal, subjecting the country to alert, exerting fraud and dictatorship and advance to establish coup and political change."
The defense has waived opening argument for the time being.

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