12 Face Treason Charges Following Coup Plot

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

The Government of Sierra Leone, on January 2, 2024, has taken decisive legal action against 12 individuals, including former law enforcement officers, in relation to the attempted coup on November 26, 2023. These charges were confirmed through a public announcement issued by the Ministry of Information and Civic Education.

Among the accused, Amadu Koita and his associates, some of whom previously served as police and correctional officers, have been formally charged with a series of severe offenses, including treason, misprision of treason, and aiding and abetting the enemy.

The legal proceedings have begun at the Magistrate Court No. 2 in Freetown, presided over by Magistrate Santigie Bangura. Eleven of the defendants were present for the arraignment. However, Bai Mahmoud Bangura was notably absent due to a reported illness and is receiving treatment at the Kingtom Police Hospital Consequently, the hearing has been adjourned to January 9, 2024. The court record noted that each of the accused had legal representation.

In the public notice signed by Chernor Bah, the Minister of Information and Civic Education, it was indicated that more charges against additional perpetrators may be forthcoming. The Ministry has committed to keeping the public informed about the progress of the investigations and the legal proceedings aimed at delivering justice for the actions of November 26, 2023.

With these charges, the Republic of Sierra Leone demonstrates its resolve to confront any threats against its democratic order and to maintain the integrity of its legal system. The public will be updated as the case evolves and further information becomes available.


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