Justice for one, justice for all!
The justice system has been a thorn in the flesh of good governance and sustainable peace in our country. The absence of efficient dispensation of justice due to undue political interference over the years is among the fundamental causes of the heinous ten year brutal war that wrecked untold wanton destruction in the history of our country, never witnessed before.
Among the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report that catalogued the causes of the rebel war is the need to address injustice in the court system.
Almost twenty years after the war, the syndrome of injustice continues to pervade the judicial system fomenting a scale of bitterness and bad blood that has the propensity of exploding into an unsavory situation that will reverse the gains made in all other sectors of national development.
A classic case in point is the refusal of the justice system to approve a bail granted by a judge in the matter of an opposition leader who had spent sixteen months in detention.
This is despite the deteriorating health condition of the suspect, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray and the fact that most of the bail conditions had been met, save the production of his foreign passport, which he claimed to have been consumed by fire.
A prominent Human Rights Civil Society Group, Legal Link, has condemned the stance of the Master and Registrar in pinpointing on the bail aspect of the passport before bail could be approved for the suspect one month after the court granted the bail. On Monday, 25th October 2021, Mansaray spent his birthday behind bars amidst mounting apprehension that his health condition might result to untimely death.
We are joining Legal Link and other voices calling for the radical reforms of the justice system and to see reason to respect the bail granted by the Judge to Kamaraimba.
We want to strongly condemn any act by anyone at any quarter that amounts to the abuse of women whether sexually or in the ordinary form of domestic violence.
We are of the view that the practice of selective justice in addressing the issue of rape should be an exception rather than the rule. We note with disturbing concern that there have been incidents of blatant rape such as the gang raping of a middle age woman, the relative of a female Paramount Chief in Bonthe district by members of the poro society, which has not been given the dose of justice it deserves.
While we do not condone acts of rape and sexual offences, we are urging for fairness in the dispensation of justice. We believe that justice for one means justice for all!
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