On this day gone by
19 October 2017 – A court martial in Sierra Leone convicts 34 military officers on charges of “treason, murder, and collaborating with the enemy”. That came to pass 19 years ago today October 19, 1998.
Amongst them was one woman, Major Kula Samba, who was in charge of reintegrating child combatants into civil society.
The others were: Corporal Tamba Gborie, Sergeant Alfred Abu Sankoh, Brigadier Hassan Conteh, Colonel James Max Kanga, Colonel Abdul Karim Sesay, Squadron Leader Victor L. King, Colonel Daniel Kobina Anderson, Colonel Samuel Francis Yariemeh Koroma, Lieutenant Commander Samuel Kandu-Boy Gilbert, Lietenant Colonel David Boisy Palmer, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Bockarie Mansaray, Colonel Alpha Saba Kamara, Colonel John Amadu Sonica Conteh, Colonel P.C. Nelson Williams, Major Abdul Masakama Koroma, Lieutenant Commander Francis Momoh Duwai, Major Augustine Fannah Kamara, Major Tamba Anthony Abu, Major Bayoh Conteh, Captain Albert Johnny Moore, Captain Abu Bakarr Kamara, Captain Simbo Sankoh, Captain Idrissa Keita Khemolai, Lieutenant Jim Kelly Jalloh, Captain Josiah Boisy Pratt, Flying Officer Arnold H. Amadu, Captain R. Beresford Harleston, Lieutenant Marouf Sesay, Warrant Officer II Jonathan Dero-Showers, Colonel P.F. Foday, Lieutenant Commander L.D. Howard, Lieutenant Colonel Bashiru S. Conteh, and Lieutenant Commander Abdul Aziz Dumbuya.
Three other defendants were acquitted – one defendant died during the two-month trial.
Charges against Lieutenant A.M. Keita and Lieutenant A.B.S. Bah were dismissed on grounds of lack of evidence and Colonel Saa Sinnah was found not guilty on all charges and acquitted on this day gone by.
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