CDIID Asst. Director, others indicted for unprofessional conduct against journalists
SLAJ wishes to inform the public and its members that the much awaited disciplinary hearing at the Sierra Leone Police Disciplinary Tribunal in Freetown of six Police officers on the kidnap-styled arrest and detention in August 2009 of Abdul Charles Mansaray, SLAJ Vice President, North has been scheduled to start Monday April 19.
The six officers led by ASP Philip Harding, Asst Director, Complaint Discipline and Internal Investigations Division (CDIID), Western Area and Inspector Banya, Transport Officer OSD, have already been served their indictments to face the tribunal at Police Headquarters on charges of indiscipline and unprofessional conduct.
Preliminary investigations by the CDIID were completed in 2009 and found the six officers liable of the offences against them hence their indictment.
Abdul Charles Mansaray who doubles as Production Manager of Radio Maria and some of his witnesses are already in Freetown for the hearing.
Meanwhile, the CDIID disciplinary ruling in November 2009 on the matter between Probyn John Alpha of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service in Bo and OSD officer P.C. 9962 Bosco Kamara has been upheld by the Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara. P.C Kamara was found guilty of three-counts of unprofessional conduct last November and has now been dismissed from the force effective April 8, 2010.
The ex-police constable who was attached to the OSD Headquarters in Freetown was dismissed from the force last Thursday, April 8.
P.C 9962 Kamara ambushed and placed the journalist and his colleague under gun point in September last year and made away with their baggage, threatening to kill them if they resisted. The journalists were on their way to the bus station to return to Bo after a training programme when the incident happened.
SLAJ sees these developments as landmark and reassurance that the SLP is now serious about redeeming its credibility and strengthening its relationship with the media.
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