In a significant development related to the November 26, 2023 failed coup attempt, 27 serving military personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) have been brought before Senior Magistrate Mark Ngegba at High Court No.1 in Freetown. The accused individuals appeared in court to face a staggering 88 charges in the ongoing Court Martial Pre-trial Hearing.
The court session, which took place on January 5, 2024, saw the charges not being presented to the accused due to the absence of one of the individuals. The prosecution, led by Senior State Council Joseph K. Sesay, is expected to call upon 52 witnesses to support their case.
On the defense side, the accused persons are being represented by a team of legal professionals, including Ade Macaulay Esq., Melron Nicol Wilson Esq., and Julian Cole Esq. Additionally, unrepresented accused persons are receiving legal support from the Legal Aid Board.
The legal proceedings are being conducted in accordance with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Act of 1961, as amended. The case has been adjourned to January 10, 2024, at 9:30 am for further deliberations.
This development marks a significant step in the judicial process as the court addresses the alleged involvement of RSLAF personnel in the failed coup attempt. The trial is expected to continue to be closely monitored by the public and legal observers as it unfolds in the coming months.