Ex-president May face libel charges

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Out-going President Ernest Bai Koroma

Sierra Leone’s former president and leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress party, Ernest Bai Koroma is going to respond to questions in an ongoing investigation the police Criminal Investigations Department is carrying out after he and the rest of his party executive were summoned, say party sources.

The party’s Secretary General, Osman Yansanneh say they would be at the CID headquarters to answer to what the police call “an invitation for questioning” over a press release the APC issued in December challenging aspects of the setting-up of the Commissions of Inquiry looking into alleged financial impropriety under the Koroma administration.

Head of the police Crime Services, Mohamed Brima Jah said they were investigating the content of a press release issued in which they stated that they would refuse to cooperate with the probe if certain demands were not met. The police say this is tantamount to “incitement to rebellion” against the commissions of inquiry. The government also says the statement fans the embers of tribalism.

Yansanneh denies any wrongdoing saying his party is a law-abiding party which is only demanding that the constitutional obligations of rules of court be set up before the probe can start. he denied that their release incited anyone to violence or rebellion against the probe, but insisted that the right things be done.

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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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