Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 January 2016
Dr. Alie Kabba has this afternoon been freed on bail after few hours of court room drama that no Sierra Leonean should be proud of.
It was a sad and shameful display of the naked abuse of power and incompetence, by a magistrate believed to have been handpicked by State House to adjudicate in a case that should never have taken this long to conclude.
But such is justice in Sierra Leone. And the US based lawyer Alieu Iscandri was not spared the ugly wrath of magistrate Seray Wurie either.
Listen (below) to both Alie Kabba and Alieu Iscandri speak to Umaru Fofana, about the erosion of justice, civil liberty and human dignity in Sierra Leone.
Iscandri was arrested in court this morning on the orders of magistrate Seray Wurie, on a trumped up charge of contempt of court.
The magistrate accused Iscandri of posting a message on his facebook page, saying that Alie Kabba has been freed on bail.
According to the magistrate that was the crime committed by Iscandri who himself is a member of the ruling APC party.
Sierra Leone is seriously heading for disaster. A nation where lawlessness has even found its way where it does not belong – the court of law.
When you hear of cases like this in Sierra Leone you begin to wonder what has happened to a country that was once full of so much promise after the war.
But many in the country may perhaps take solace and find inspiration from both Alieu Iscandri and Alie Kabba for standing up for justice and civil liberty in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Alie Kabba is this evening free on bail. But the struggle to free Sierra Leone of poor governance and impunity continues.
Supporters and well wishers of Alie Kabba played a big role in securing his release today, after hundreds marched outside the court house in Freetown, in defiance of the strong presence of armed security officers.
Listen to Alie kabba speak to Umaru Fofana about appalling conditions at Pademba Road prison for thousands of young people locked up without any hope:
And Listen to Lawyer Iscandri speak to Umaru about injustice and impunity in Sierra Leone today:
Alie Kabba’s brief moment of freedom: