The Editor of the Concord Times newspaper, Sahr Musa Yamba was Monday, 20th March, 2006 briefly detained at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) apparently due to "orders from above" between the hours of 3:00pm and 4:00pm for unexplained reasons.
Mr. Yamba was at his desk Monday afternoon when a team of six CID personnel led by one Inspector Mansaray came to invite him first to the CID and later to the Attorney Generalís office without a warrant. "When I enquired what the matter was, I was simply told to follow them," Mr. Yamba said in a mobile phone interview past Monday, immediately after his release. Yesterday, Mr.Yamba was at the AGís office as ordered by the police, but this time he was accompanied by the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo. According to Mr. Yamba his invitation by the police on Monday was on the order of the AG and that it had to do with a publication of the Concord Times newspaper of17th March, which carried a lead story captioned, "Omrie Golley brands AG a liar"
"We had merely quoted what Mr. Omrie Golley had said about the AG. I donít see any reason why I should be subjected to such an embarrassment as was meted to me on Monday," Mr. Yamba told Awareness Times, stating further that the AG should have read the story in order for him to have had a sense of what was published.
Meanwhile, the President of SLAJ during the interrogation of Mr. Yamba in the office of the AG after haven noted that Mr. Yamba had been unnecessarily embarrassed reportedly issued a stern warning to the AG and the government to refrain its officials from unduely harrassing journalists on baseless accusations. Mr Yamba has since been released.
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