A bunch of seven men alleged to have brutally executed late Mohamed Taimeh 6 who was a famous APC youth in Kenema until his murder, have yesterday March 9th 2017, been arraigned in front of the Magistrate Law Courts in Kenema. The men are alleged to have tortured Taimeh to death under the guise of forcefully taking him to the sacred Poro society bush for initiation. The alleged abuse of the respectable Poro society by the men facing trial, is said to have seriously upset the traditional Poro chiefs in Kenema who speedily intercepted the accused and handed them over to the State authorities. Awareness Times is informed that the Poro Chiefs have explained to authorities that they do not want their society to be stained so they were totally distancing legitimate and respected Poro activities from the cruel murder of Taimeh.
=It can be recalled that late President Siaka Stevens in his autobiography had lamented the abuse of Poro to intimidate APC supporters from as far back as 1968. Only drastic measures had curtailed that unfortunate development decades back.
|late Mohamed Taimeh
With elections just around the corner, there is widespread fear that APC supporters will be under threat of murder so there is much attention now focused on the ongoing court case which has now started.
Speaking to Awareness Times last evening, Mohamed Martin Taimeh, the elder brother of the late Mohamed Taimeh, said the seven accused persons are all supporters of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) which has Kenema as one of its strongholds.
He said the SLPP supporters “forcefully took my brother from our house and claimed that they were taking him to join the Poro Society.” However, he said, “before they could arrive with him at the poro bush, he was already dead. They kill him on their way.” He further added “my brother had long political differences with the guys who forcefully took him.”
He said the Taimeh family is calling on the APC led government to take up a robust stance to ensure that justice is administered.
Meanwhile, all seven accused persons charged for murder had no hearing yesterday, but rather matter was adjourned to Monday 13th March, 2017. Due to the massive public interest in how this matter will be heard in court, the editorial team of this newspaper has decided that the paper will continue to keep a close eye on the matter at any time it is called up in court.
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