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Court Sentences 55 Clique Members

23,Feb 2018
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By Mohamed Kai

Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Steven Street on Wednesday 21st February, 2018 sentenced fifty-five clique or gang members to three months imprisonment or pay alternative fine of one million Leones after finding them guilty.

The fifty-five convicted clique members were recently arrested at 104 Campbell Street during the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) nomination ceremony on 28th January, 2018 at the National Electoral Commission office at Tower Hill in Freetown.

They were later charged to court for riotous conduct and disorderly behavior, contrary to section (12) sub section (1) of the Public Order Act No.56 of 1965, as repealed and replaced by Act No.15 of 1973.

According to Magistrate Santigie Bangura, he considered the convicts as first-time offenders.

The court, he said, should be seen nipping such notorious anti-social behavior among young people in the country.

He further stated in court that Sierra Leone is about to hold its general elections, and that any act that will throw spanners into the electoral process or create an un-peaceful atmosphere for citizens will not be tolerated.

“It is against this backdrop that the court considers the convicts as threat to the peaceful co-existence of the people of this country, and their conviction will serve as a deterrent to other young people who have no respect for law and order,” Magistrate Santigie asserted.

But due to security reasons, the court decided that all the convicted clique members should be whisked to the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, before they could start the process of paying fines into the court treasury, or begin their sentence.

The matter was prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP IS Mansaray, while the convicts were represented by lawyers Ishmael Philip Mammie, AK Koroma, JM Jengo and A. Kamanda.

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