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Sierra Leone: Detainees

Volume 589: debated on Thursday 7 May 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What information they have received from the British High Commission in Freetown about the number of people detained, or charged with offences, arising out of their alleged complicity with the paramilitary regime in Sierra Leone. [HL1655]

In view of the difficulties within Sierra Leone it is impossible for our High Commission staff to compile a full list of detainees. We understand that some 2,000 are being detained, of whom 59 (listed below) have been charged with treason, murder or arson.We have taken every opportunity to raise human rights issues with the Government of Sierra Leone since President Kabbah's return to Freetown on 10 March. Our High Commissioner has emphasised to him the need to restore full respect for human rights, and the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Lloyd, raised this very subject with President Kabbah when he took part in a Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group mission to Freetown on 31 March.59 People Accused of Treason, Murder and Arson

First Set—Adjourned to 6 May 1998
Victor Foh MP and 21 others
Steven Cathy BioBrother to ex-Head of State, businessman, arms dealer
Gipu Felix GeorgeEx-Director General SLBS
John Ajina SesayFormer Footballer
Denneis Ayodele SmithEx-Producer SLBS
Oliver MensahEx-Presenter SLBS
Mohamed Alikali BanguraUnder SOS Trade

First Set—Adjourned to 6 May 1998

Darlinda Lebbie
Hassan BarrieUnder SOS Energy & Power
Victor BrandonSOS Dev. & Econ. Planning
Dennis K. KamaraUnder SOS Mines
Sheik Abu Bakarr NabieMuslim Priest
Ahmad Charid DurnbuyaAppointed General Manager
N.P.A. by AFRC
Winston Crowther
Sorie Alieu Fofana
Claude V. M. CampbellBarrister
Samuel Sampha Sesay
Umaru Deen SesaySOS Youths & Sports
Bai Hinga Kuraray Bangura
Gibril MassaquoiEx RUF Colonel
Tommy Anthony Patrick
Sheku A. T. BayoSec. to President Kabbah

Second Set-Adjourned to 7 May 1998

Ajibola Manley SpaineAFRC Attorney-General
Dr. Bailar LeighSOS Health
David BanguraUnder SOS Foreign Affairs
Dr. Maltida KingUnder SOS Health
Alhaji Ibrahim KargboEx-Imam, Temne Mosque, Oldfield Street
Saidu Daniel Bangura
Hamid Abdul KamaraEx-Secretary to the Chairman AFRC
Hilton FyleEx-BBC Presenter, FM WBIG +
AFRC Propagandist
Alieu Badara KamaraAFRC Spokesman
Joseph Saidu MomohEx-President of Sierra Leone
Ibrahim Ben KargboJournalist. Appointed Chairman
NCDHR by AFRC
Pastor Victor AjisafieNigerian so-called Clergyman
John Tommy
Eric Kwaku Dixon

Third Set-Adjourned to 8 May 1998

Brigadier (RTD) LymonSOS Internal Affairs
Abdul Salaam WilliamsUnder Secretary for Labour
Dr. Christian KargboBank Governor (AFRC)
Kaifen KallayBank Secretary, Bank of Sierra Leone
Harry Benjamin Alpha
William BanguraEx-Foreign Affairs Officer
Ms Winnifred Cummings
Ms Nancy SteelCity Councillor (AFRC)
Dr. Willie TaylorDir. of Bank of SL
Mr. Edward Akar(Barrister) and Bank Dir., Bank of SL
Ms Mabinti Scott
Abdul K. Sankoh
Ms Mayilla YansanehAFRC Propagandist and State House Official
Alim Jalloh JamboriaChairman, Roads Authority (AFRC)
Samuel Sannie SesayManaging Director Lotto (AFRC)
Lawrence Lamin
Major (Rtd.) Eben Victor Coker
Bishop Alpha Omega Bundu
Mohamed Basiru Savage
Mohamed Daramy
Ibrahim Foday Sesay
Philipson Sankoh
Ms Kainde Bangura