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IN LONDON: GALAXY RADIO PETITIONED LEBANESE BUSINESS YAZBECK
Written by Sorie Sudan Sesay   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:59

Sierra Leone's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom today received a petition on behalf of Galaxy Radio Sierra Leone against popular Lebanese businessman Yazbeck.

His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay was handed in a petition by the leader of the London-based Galaxy Group Abu Rattata at the conference room of the High Commission, in which they catalogued their grievances against the Lebanese businessman whom they accused of trying to seize the building that houses Galaxy Radio based in Lungi in Freetown.

Rattata said that Galaxy Radio is an African project which also operates in Lungi and Lunsar as well as in London and other African countries.

He called on government to intervene in the matter which is already in a Freetown court. "This is a project that is benefitting a lot of Sierra Leoneans because apart from the community radio, we are also providing tertiary education and offering scholarships for people in those communities."

 
CONVICTION FOR UNEXPLAINED WEALTH: ACC CHARTS A NEW PATH
Written by Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:55

In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone.

Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties in the investigative process and proof of the elements constituting the offence. More importantly however, the greatest obstacle has been political interference in the successful prosecutions of such cases. Despite the challenges, the ACC braved the odds and presented evidenced acceptable by the Court to meet the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Unexplained wealth is defined as where ‘any person who, being or having been a public officer maintains a standard of living above that which is commensurate with his present or past official emoluments; or; ‘is in control of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his present or past official emoluments, unless he gives a satisfactory explanation to the court as to how he was able to maintain such a standard of living or how such pecuniary resources or property came under his control, commits an offence.

Recent high-profile cases have focused attention on the transfer of assets abroad by heads of state and other senior officials from developing countries in amounts that far exceed their legitimate sources of income. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, (UNCAC) criminalizing illicit enrichment, was drafted to address this issue. However, very few of the states parties to the UNCAC have introduced this offence in their legal systems, largely because of due process concerns. The challenge is to find ways to implement Article 20 that balance the rights of the accused with the right of society to recover illicitly acquired national wealth.

 
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SANITATION, SIERRA LEONE -- EBOLA UPDATE
Written by Press Release   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:45

As for April 13 2014, there has been no laboratory confirmed case of Ebola in Sierra Leone (since March 19th 2014): the Metabiota Laboratory team in Kenema have received and tested 27 samples collected from 11 suspected acute hemorrhagic fever cases and 16 potential contacts. All (27) tested negative for Ebola fever.

All samples (27) were tested for Ebola virus (« Ebola virus Zaire species ») using 2 different Real-time PCR protocols. IgM and IgG ELISA assays for Ebola virus have been set-up and will be used efficiently for the follow-up of the contact cases of Ebola suspected cases.

Complementary tests including antigen capture (kindly provided and in partnership with USAMRIID) will also be set-up in the coming days. Viral Hemorrhagic fever, VHF:

 
Nineteen Fragile States to Meet In Sierra Leone June 2014
Written by Pasco Gerald Temple   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:51

“The group of eighteen of the world’s fragile and conflict affected countries, which have come together to share experiences and encourage international actions to engage more effectively in support of state led transitions from fragility to agility will meet in Sierra Leone, June 2014” Said Dr. Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Finance and Economic Development Minister.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:07
 
A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 10 TH EDITION
Written by Rev. Dr. Abraham J. Williams   
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:58

Your Excellency Sir,

Warm and precious greetings to you, our Honourable First Lady and my beloved Commoners,   as we approach the Easter period.  In this edition, I would like to deliberate on the recently handed down Judgement on the National Revenue Authority (NRA)/EcoBank Corruption litigation, Youth Empowerment and the Law School saga.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:41
 
The Deadly Ebola Threat and President Koroma's Concern
Written by Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Media Attaché, Saudi Arabia   
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:39

When the deadly Ebola virus outbreak was announced in West Africa last month, the Government of His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai koroma made frantic efforts to ensure that Sierra Leone is protected from the spread of the deadly virus which continues to affect some  sisterly West African countries, including neighbouring Guinea and Liberia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:36
 
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Editorial

ACADEMIC CHEATING AND ITS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES: WHAT, HOW, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY?

“The battle is neither for the swift, nor the strong but those who endure” Those with the swiftness of a Dove and the pervading endurance of an Eagle let them fly; phoenix-like, slowly, but surely, we’d trot our way through” “Those who deny freedom to others deserves it not themselves”-Abraham Lincoln

Sometime last March, I listened to the regular BBC “Africa Have Your Say” programme and the subject of the discussion in question was academic cheating especially at tertiary level across the Globe but with emphasis on Africa. The discussants, mainly youth who had either gone or are going through the rigours of University education debated the topic bringing to bear their various experiences and or responses to challenges during their days in the University.

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Business News

Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko opens its doors to guests

On Tuesday the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel opened its doors today after a complete refurbishment which has focused on stylish and spacious interiors and a welcoming atmosphere. 

The Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko is Sierra Leone’s first five star hotel and achieving those sorts of standards has taken time and the entire refurbishment of the building to Radisson Blu’s exacting standards.  The hotel features 172 rooms and suites, many with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Media News

SLAJEC RESPONSE TO APPEAL OF SLAJ NOMINEES TO THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION (IMC)

Freetown, April 5, 2014: The Electoral Commission of SLAJ wishes to inform the membership that two (2) of the three (3) nominees deemed to be ineligible to contest for the position of IMC Commissioners under the Broadcast Category filed an appeal within the 48 hour window given to them. The Commission examined the appeals and reached the following conclusion:

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Commentary

law school/council or legal education

I have read with keen  interest the several feature articles, opinions, lead stories with analyses in some of our local newspapers, listened to 98.1 FM radio station in particular programme Good Morning Sierra Leone, on what I will term the Sierra Leone Law School/Council of Legal Education SAGA re the Bar Final Examinations for the academic year 2012/2013, and have come to one conclusion that in order to appease the "aggrieved students", the "affected Barristers and Solicitors of the Sierra Leone Bar Association", the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, who is no less a person than the Honourable Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, the Registrar of the Law School, the best way forward is for His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to ask the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide the Sierra Leone Government with five eminent persons connected with Legal Education in the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, and India, to form a Commission to REVIEW  the  reports of the "Committees set up to investigate complaints levied  against the Sierra Leone Law School, challenging the authenticity of the 2012/13 Bar final results."

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Society -Local News

CONVICTION FOR UNEXPLAINED WEALTH: ACC CHARTS A NEW PATH

In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone.

Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties in the investigative process and proof of the elements constituting the offence. More importantly however, the greatest obstacle has been political interference in the successful prosecutions of such cases. Despite the challenges, the ACC braved the odds and presented evidenced acceptable by the Court to meet the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Unexplained wealth is defined as where ‘any person who, being or having been a public officer maintains a standard of living above that which is commensurate with his present or past official emoluments; or; ‘is in control of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his present or past official emoluments, unless he gives a satisfactory explanation to the court as to how he was able to maintain such a standard of living or how such pecuniary resources or property came under his control, commits an offence.

Recent high-profile cases have focused attention on the transfer of assets abroad by heads of state and other senior officials from developing countries in amounts that far exceed their legitimate sources of income. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, (UNCAC) criminalizing illicit enrichment, was drafted to address this issue. However, very few of the states parties to the UNCAC have introduced this offence in their legal systems, largely because of due process concerns. The challenge is to find ways to implement Article 20 that balance the rights of the accused with the right of society to recover illicitly acquired national wealth.

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News - Press Release

SCANDALOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NEWLY CALLED MEMBERS OF THE BAR.

URGENT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JUDICIARY

2013 Barristers and Solicitors
                                                                            C/o Sierra Leone Bar Association
                                                                            11Lamina Sankoh Street
                                                                            Freetown.


The Honorable Chief Justice                                  3rd April, 2014
Republic of Sierra Leone
Chairperson of the Council of Legal Education
Law Courts Building
Freetown.

Our Honorable Chief Justice,
RE: SCANDALOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST NEWLY CALLED MEMBERS OF THE BAR.
We are concerned with the allegations made against newly called members of the Bar. Such allegations have the tendency not only to militate against us but greatly jeopardize our standing in the eyes of the public. For the past three months, there have been scandalous publications in both the electronic and print media impinging on the credibility of the 2013 Bar Final Examination. Subsequently, a committee was set-up to investigate the results. We have been reliably informed that the said committee has concluded its investigations and submitted its findings to the Council of Legal Education for final decision.

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Politics

Nineteen Fragile States to Meet In Sierra Leone June 2014

“The group of eighteen of the world’s fragile and conflict affected countries, which have come together to share experiences and encourage international actions to engage more effectively in support of state led transitions from fragility to agility will meet in Sierra Leone, June 2014” Said Dr. Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Finance and Economic Development Minister.

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Development

Sierra Leone launches a five year Child Justice Strategy

Freetown, 3 April 2014 – The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) in collaboration with the Justice Sector Coordinating Office (JSCO) and UNICEF today launched the Child Justice Strategy for 2014 – 2018 in Freetown.

The number of children accused of breaking the law in Sierra Leone has increased in recent years. Many children are held with adults, and children whose cases go to court often wait months before their cases are finally dealt with.

Children who have been victims of violence, abuse and exploitation are highly vulnerable and in need of special protection and support. However, the justice system is intended for adults, and the process can traumatise children. Two thirds of all child victims who come to the Police are there as a result of sexual violence and 96 per cent of them are girls.

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