Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 December 2023:
Ernest Bai Koroma, a former president of Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2018, was at the Criminal Investigations Department in Freetown yesterday, where he was questioned by police about an armed attack by persons suspected by the government to have attempted to overthrow the Bio-led government on 26 November 2023.
Koroma was accompanied to the CID by lawyers, including former Attorney General of Sierra Leone – Joseph F Kamara.
After several hours at the CID, the former president returned to his home at Femi Turner Drive in the far West of Freetown, where armed government security presence are guaranteeing his safety.
Writing on Twitter yesterday immediately on arriving at home, the former President said: “As a follow-up to the regrettable and tragic events of November 26, which I vehemently condemn, I travelled to Freetown last evening in response to a police invitation.
“This morning, I reported to the Criminal Investigation Department for interrogation. I have returned home after the interview with the police, who were professional in their interaction.
“The interview is set to continue tomorrow. As expressed in my public statements, I maintain an open mind, place my trust in due process and the rule of law to prevail. Profound thanks to all well-wishers for their support.”
In another, though separate development yesterday, the former president Koroma and his APC party’s 2018 and 2023 presidential candidate Dr. Samura Kamara, lost their respective appeal hearing against the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of authority in the sale of government shares in the Sierra Rutile company and the Sewa Grounds Market.
Ernest Bai Koroma has been fined $130,000 and Le300million; and Samura Kamara – $70,000 and Le250 million. They are required to make full and final settlement by next Friday 16 December 2023.
Yesterday the minister of information – Chernor Bah confirmed that former President Koroma has not been placed under house arrest, contrary to allegations on various media platforms.
Ernest Bai Koroma will be at the CID today to continue his questioning by the police over the alleged attempted coup and his relationships with those suspected of taking part in the armed attack of 26 November 2023.
There are concerns that many individuals in the main opposition APC will be arrested and accused of involvement in the alleged attempted coup, simply by their association with suspects. Guilty by association is fast becoming the modus operandi of the security forces in Sierra Leone, rather than legal due process.