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Ernest Bai Koroma: Former Sierra Leone President Charged with Treason

Ernest Bai Koroma, the former president of Sierra Leone, is accused of taking part in an unsuccessful military coup attempt in November, and he is being prosecuted with four counts, including treason.

The failed coup and the contentious June 2023 election, in which President Julius Maada Bio won a second term, have raised tensions, which are reflected in the charges.

The primary opposition candidate rejected the election’s results, and foreign allies expressed concern.

After gunmen stormed a jail and military barracks in November, more than 20 people were killed and over 2,200 prisoners were released. The incident was explained by the government as a failed coup attempt involving Koroma’s security.

The former president denounced the attacks despite being accused of treason, misprision of treason, and harboring. His attorney described the accusations as a “political vendetta.” Bail was granted to Koroma, and the case has been postponed until January 17. Twelve other people were also accused of treason in relation to the coup attempt, one of them being a member of Koroma’s security detail.

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