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27 Soldiers Face Court-Martial In Sierra Leone For “Coup Attempt”

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27 Soldiers Face Court-Martial In Sierra Leone For "Coup Attempt"

A court-martial in Sierra Leone saw 27 soldiers on Monday, accusing them of mutiny due to their purported involvement in a coup attempt that occurred in November, according to the authorities.

Security was stepped up around the courthouse in the capital Freetown where the proceedings were later adjourned to Wednesday.

The 27 accused struggled to all squeeze onto the stand at the court-martial.

Justice Minister Mohamed Lamin Tarawalley was also present in the courtroom, according to the AFP journalist at the scene.

On November 26, armed attackers stormed a military armoury, two barracks, two prisons and two police stations, clashing with security forces.

Twenty-one people were killed and hundreds of prisoners escaped before authorities were able to regain control after what they deemed a coup attempt by members of the armed forces.

At least 80 people were arrested in connection with the clashes, most of them military personnel.

Former president Ernest Bai Koroma was charged last week with treason and other offences for his alleged role in the events.

His case was adjourned until January 17.

Authorities have charged 12 other people with treason in connection with the coup attempt, including Amadu Koita, a former soldier and bodyguard of Koroma.

A military coup in West Africa, where Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Guinea have all seen putches since 2020, was feared in response to the violence that occurred in Sierra Leone at the end of November.

AFP

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