27 January 2007
Sierra Leone politics will soon change in a very dramatic way if information received by the Patriotic Vanguard over the weekend is anything to go by.
The information, water tight, very reliable and groundbreaking, will be released by the Vanguard on Monday as our informants have pleaded with us to maintain an embargo on it until next week.
What we can tell our readers is that the explosive information and its repercussions are likely to send the ruling SLPP government to the political (...)
23 January 2007
By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown
The Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme (SLCMP) sent me a letter dated January 13, 2007, to serve as a panelist in a panel discussion on the topic; “Will Decriminalizing Libel Law Guarantee Free Speech in a Democratic State?”. This takes place at the Mary Kingsley Auditorium, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Tuesday, 23rd January; starting 6.00 p.m.
The letter was signed by Mohamed Suma, the “Programme (...)
22 January 2007
UN AND SIERRA LEONE SECURITY COMPONENTS EMBARK ON JOINT “OPERATION GREEN HORIZON 2” IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL COURT
The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with Sierra Leonean security agencies and UNIOSIL will be conducting a military exercise, “Operation Green Horizon 2”, in Sierra Leone from 21 to 28 January 2007. The aim of the exercise is to rehearse the protection of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in line with (...)
by - 19 January 2007
The new prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Mr. Stephen Rapp(photo), said in Freetown recently that Special Court indictees Sam Hinga Norman and Issa Sesay now undergoing medical treatment in Dakar, Senegal, will return to Sierra Leone "well in advance of the expected date in the verdict of the CDF case in the case of Hinga Norman and the restart of the RUF case in the case of Issa Sesay."
Rapp, speaking at a press conference last Wednesday, went on to say that verdicts would (...)
by - 18 January 2007
A usually very reliable source at the Special Court in Freetown has denied rumours that Special Court indictees Samuel Hinga Norman(photo) and Issa Sesay are in a notorious prison in Senegal.
The source, who wants to remain anonymous, said special court detainees are normally not allowed to talk to the press and that Norman’s phone number in Senegal was given to the press by a special court employee contrary to the court’s rules and regulations. The source maintained that the (...)
18 January 2007
By Yankuba Kai-Samba, Brussels, Belgium.
President Kabbah’s judgements on security and peace were shown to be flawed and costly to innocent lives. His recent welcoming of the ECOWAS initiative to base its logistic depot in Freetown should not be left to his decision alone. His overt support and obsession to get Solomon Berewa to succeed him as president has made him an instrument of division in our country and he should go now.
In October 2006 The Economic Commission (...)
17 January 2007
Statement by the Registrar of the Special Court, Freetown.
This morning at 7:45 a.m. an operation began to move two detainees of the Special Court, Sam Hinga Norman and Issa Hassan Sesay, to Senegal for medical treatment.
The two detainees were airlifted by U.N. helicopter from the Special Court’s helipad and flown to Lungi International Airport. From there, they were flown by plane to Dakar.
Today’s operation was made possible by an agreement concluded in (...)
16 January 2007
The Old Princewaleans Association UK & Ireland Branch.
Message from our President Dr Kayode R. Robbin-Coker.
You will no doubt have heard by now of the death of our Ex (Ag) Principal Mr Milford A. Fowler. I got the news via an email from Annis Adams, and postings from Wallace, Melbourne, Emile, etc shortly after confirmed the inevitable. Most of us, my exact contemporaries especially, will remember with affection our time at the school under "Pa Fowler" and I am (...)
13 January 2007
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Richard Weingarten(photo), will visit Sierra Leone from 15th to 17th January 2007, a statement from UNDP states.
During his stay, Mr. Weingarten and his team are expected to meet with members of the Government, the UN Executive Representative of the Secretary General, Victor Angelo, the Microfinance Investment and Technical Assistance Facility (MITAF), Microfinance Institutions and the Bank of Sierra Leone. (...)
13 January 2007
By Comrade Zejepl,UN Headquarters, NY.
In a mammoth gathering that included some of the finest world diplomats, Hollywood celebrities, and high ranking NGOs at the Dag Hammerstad Auditorium at the United Nations yesterday,Alhassan Kargbo, alias Comrade Alaska, took the auditorium by surprise, by making one of the most stunning appeals for child soldiers and all children in Sierra Leone, during the Screening of the movie “Blood Diamond”.
The movie screening and subsequent (...)