Former Head of State Strasser Speaks on Bambay Kamara Issue

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Former Head of State of Sierra Leone, Retired Captain Valentine Melvin Strasser has said in Freetown that Julius Bambay Kamara, former Inspector General of Police was sentenced by firing squad after his conviction in a court martial. He was the Head of state at the time and he signed the order for his execution alongside others found complicit in felonious offences, contrary to the oath of service they undertook to serve Sierra Leone.

Strasser’s statement hits the final nail on the coffin as the thorny issues was being exacerbated into a political capital against Julius Maada Bio who served in the junta regime as Secretary of Sate in charge of Information Ministry and later headed the regime for three months leading to the conducts of the 1996 multiparty democratic elections.

Part of the campaign strategy of the All People’s Congress is to showcase the point that the SLPP candidate has blood stains soiling his reputation as a former military ruler. This has not been established and the campaign signpost are up and running leading to the March 27 runoff.

This is the second time the former National Provisional Ruling Council junta ruler has appeared in the mass media to speak as to whether or not the former Inspector General of Police, Julius Bambay Kamara was murdered in an extra-judicial killing. Strasser said the records are there to show evidence of trial and convictions of the fugitives before the sentence was handed down.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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