Sierra Leone Ex-Prez Karoma charged with treason
Former President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone has been indicted on four charges, including treason, for his alleged involvement in a failed military coup to overthrow the government. The charges were announced by a court in the capital city, Freetown, on Wednesday.
This development is likely to exacerbate tensions in Sierra Leone, which has already been experiencing unrest due to the attempted coup and a contentious re-election of President Julius Maada Bio for a second term in June 2023. The country has been struggling to recover from a brutal civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002, resulting in the deaths of over 50,000 people. The outcome of the election was disputed by the main opposition candidate and was questioned by international partners, such as the United States and the European Union.
On November 26, gunmen attacked military barracks, a prison, and various locations in Sierra Leone, resulting in the release of approximately 2,200 inmates and the deaths of over 20 individuals. The government later claimed that it was a foiled coup primarily led by Koroma’s bodyguards.
In early December, the former president was summoned for questioning regarding the attacks. Shortly after the events occurred, Koroma issued a statement denouncing the violence. During the court proceedings, Koroma was confronted with the charges while his supporters shed tears in the courtroom.
There is a good reason why you should support the African Editors. Not everyone can afford to pay for news right now. That is why we keep our journalism open for everyone to read, including in Ghana. If this is you, please continue to read for free. But if you are able to, then there are three good reasons to support us today.
1. Our quality, journalism is a scrutinising force at a time when the rich and powerful are getting away with more and more.
2. We are independent and have no billionaire owner pulling the strings, so your money directly powers our reporting.
3. It doesn’t cost much, and takes less time than it took to read this message.
Help power the African Editors' journalism for the years to come, whether with a small sum or a larger one. If you can, please support us on a monthly basis from just 1 Ghana Cedi through mobile money number: 0599896099/ +23359989609 and you can be rest assured that you’re making a big impact every single month in support of open, independent journalism. Thank you.