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Family members and supporters of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor have said they are ready to take action against British interests for what they see as Taylor’s humiliation by the British prison authorities.
Universities in Sierra Leone have announced that academic fees for 2013-2014 will rise by 100 per cent. The announcement comes as something of a surprise with universities just about to re-open. The fee increases have already been challenged by students on the grounds that there has been no improvement in facilities to match any such rise. Mohammed Konneh reports from Freetown.
The recent arrest of at least 25 people in the iron-ore rich Marampa area near Lunsar has brought the problems between mining companies and local communities in Sierra Leone sharply back into focus.
Jonathan Leigh and Bai Bai Sesay may have been granted bail by a court in Freetown, but the Editor and Managing Editor of the daily Independent Observer still face a serious legal battle ahead as they face accusations of libeling the head of state.
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
Sierra Leone's Chief Medical Officer and four other people have been acquitted of all charges relating to the disappearance of half a million dollars provided by the GAVI Alliance, a senior government official said.
The continuing detention of two prominent journalists has brought fierce criticism from the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).
Sierra Leone police have arrested a newspaper editor and another journalist for publishing an article comparing President Ernest Bai Koroma to a rat, officials said on Monday, stirring concern over press freedom in the West African country.
The long-running campaign to deliver a Right to Access Information Bill for Sierra Leone took another step forward on Thursday as parliamentarians discussed the proposed legislation in the company of the Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Alpha Kanu and his predecessor Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo.
A survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that 15 per cent of adults aged 60 and over around the world suffer from mental health problems. Sierra Leone has been looking at its own handling of mental health issue.