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DECEITFUL PROMISES: APCís Visit to Special Court
By New Age Newspaper edited by Brima Samura
Oct 6, 2009, 17:39
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Revelations of a visit of President Koroma, Victor Bockarie Foh and I.B. Kargbo to Special Court indictees sometime in January 2006 has brought to light failing promises made to detained persons during the time of campaigns.


Inside sources say President Koroma in 2006 January, paid impromptu visit to Indictees of the Special Court, assuring them of his willingness to cause ease of punishment of all incarcerated for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other international crimes.


Findings blatantly reveal that President Koroma (then Leader of the opposition) told the late Hinga Norman and colleague detainees that he was with them and will continue to be with them.


ďWhen it is tough I am with you and when it is fine, I shall still be with you,Ē were the words of President Koroma to the indictees as told to New Age newspaper.


It could be recalled that a Press Conference was held at State House last week where President Koroma was observed criticizing the SLPP of playing politics on the issue of Special Court sentenced prisoners who now await movement to Rwanda where they are to serve their jail terms.


According to the Exclusive Newspaper of October 1st, it was reported that President Koroma blasted the SLPP of Ďplaying cheap politicsí, a thing he says will make no good to a sustainable and peaceful Sierra Leone.


Credible and cogent revelations has reached this press that the visit of President Koroma, Victor Foh and I.B. Kargbo to the Indictees sometime in 2006, saw the birth of woeful promises made to late Hinga Norman and colleague detainees of APCís unflinching efforts that would be made on their behalf to lobbying the U.N. for ease of punishment and manner of sentence of all indicted by the Special Court.


Sources say the visit of the three was part of the APCís campaign strategy to cause the indicted persons to convince their followers to follow and throw votes in favour of the party (APC). It is a call to remind that sentenced prisoners of Special Court, few months ago, wrote officially to President Koroma, copying the Chairman of the opposition SLPP, bringing to their notices, ill-treatment and human rights violations planned to be meted out to them by the management of the Special Court.


Sources say the content of the letter explains how the prisoners are going to be forced to serve sentences in Rwanda at a prison condemned by Human Rights watchdogs in a country which is still unstable as they explode bombs there. In itself, these issues should have made it clear to all that Rwanda is unsafe and persons convicted by the Special Court are at risk to serve sentences in such a country. Puzzling of it all is the fact that Sierra Leone doesnít have an Embassy there where complaints or concerns of sentenced prisoners could be heard and dealt with.


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