For allegedly beating the Minister of Defence over the weekend, seven ex-soldiers were yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2 to answer to 14 count charges ranging from conspiracy to commit a crime, riotous conduct, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, throwing missiles to malicious damage and other related offences.
Yusuf Kamara, Roy Nicols, Steven Saidu, Fayia Musa, Amara Kamara, Mohamed Thoronka, and Samuel Thomas were not allowed to take plea.
According to the particulars of offence in court, the accused persons on Thursday August 2 this year at Tower Hill, conspired to commit an offence. It was alleged that the accused persons assaulted the Minister of Defence, Rtd. Maj. Alfred Paolo Conteh and four senior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in a manner thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and damaging many properties including vehicles' windscreens, Conteh's arm sleeve jacket valued at Le 600,000 among others, totaling over Le6 million.
Representing the Inspector General of Police, the Director of Public Prosecution, Suleiman Bah, opposed to bail for the accused persons on the grounds that the offences charged are serious.
In his ruling, Magistrate Kamanda remanded all the accused persons at the Pademba Road maximum prisons and adjourned the matter to August 13 for the prosecution to open its case.