9 APC Supporters Re-arrested


By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Kono District High Court has reportedly discharged thirteen supporters of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party that were standing trials for post-election violence. According to report, nine out of the thirteen supporters released were later rearrested by a team of Sierra Leone Police (SLP) personnel for reason that was not disclosed.

It could be recalled that the APC supporters were arrested and detained in April and were charged in September for alleged post-election violence.

After sixteen weeks of trial, the High Court Judge in Koidu city discharged all 13 accused following an application for a discharge argued in October by Boniface Esq., one of the lawyers representing them. According to the Lawyer, there was jubilation inside the courtroom as the Judge delivered his judgment, adding that the moment of joy was however short-lived as a Land Rover and a truck full of armed OSD personnel executed an order they described as ‘Special Order.’

The nine supporters were rearrested within the precinct of the High Court without any warrant of arrest or any reason shown for re-arresting them. They were taken to the Motema Police Division and according to their lawyer, one Superintendent Augustine Kabia disclosed to him that they were instructed to re-arrest his clients with regards to the charges for which they were discharged.