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Suspected journalist killer in court tomorrow

Suspected journalist killer in court tomorrow

Freetown – The man suspected to have killed journalist Ibrahim Foday has been charged by police and will appear in court on Thursday 8 November 2012.

According to the Director of CID of the Sierra Leone Police, Alfred Karrow Kamara, Tunde Williams has been charged on one count of murder.

He said there was “overwhelming evidence” that he stabbed the journalist on 12 June 2011 and fled. Tunde was arrested on Saturday 3 November 2012 in the northern town of Kamakwie reportedly after he had been identified at a political rally.

“The arrest and subsequent indictment of Tunde Williams is a watershed moment in the strive for justice for our slain colleague”, says SLAJ President, Umaru Fofana. He called on the police to critically, and without prejudice, examine allegations that Tunde was aided in his action by a serving police constable Musa Samura, alias Bartez, of the Operational Support Division (OSD). Bartez is believed to have held the journalist back as he attempted to flee for ease of stabbing by Tunde.

Fofana urged journalists to turn out in their numbers at the Law Courts Building in Freetown.

Foday, 38, was a reporter of the daily Exclusive newspaper in Freetown. He was killed as he covered a dispute over a plot of land between the Grafton and Kossoh Town communities, in the outskirts of Freetown. He is survived by his 16-year-old daughter and his 8-year-old son.

Signed Olabisi Garrick, Acting National Secretary General

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