Sierra Leone accuses former President Koroma of treason over ‘attempted coup’

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Sierra Leone on Wednesday charged former President Ernest Bai Koroma with treason and other offenses for his alleged role in what authorities said was an attempted coup on November 26, authorities said.

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Koroma, who headed the West African nation between 2007 and 2018, had already been questioned, with authorities claiming he was an official suspect in the organization of the cut attempt.

“The former president is charged with four crimes, including treason, treasonable error and two counts of harboring,” said a statement signed by Information Minister Chernor Bah.

Sierra Leone on Tuesday charged 12 people with treason in connection with the coup attempt, including Amadu Koita, a former soldier and Koroma’s bodyguard.

Koita was widely followed on social networks where he criticized the government of the current President. Julius Maada Bio.

November 26 armed attackers stormed a military arsenaltwo barracks, two prisons and two police stations, confronting the security forces.

Twenty-one people were killed and hundreds of prisoners escaped before authorities could regain control after what they say was an attempted coup by members of the armed forces.

The violence has raised fears of a new coup d’état West AfricaOr Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea have all experienced putsches since 2020.

(AFP)

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