Sierra Leone: Malen vs Socfin… Ex-MP freed but 5 others still in

Awoko | 26/272016

Solidarity from villagers near a Socfin plantation in Côte d’Ivoire Awoko

| 26/272016 Malen vs Socfin… Ex-MP freed but 5 others still in Five people involved in the Malen Vs Socfin case continue to languish behind bars while Siaka Sama, the ring leader, got his freedom on Wednesday February 24. The erstwhile Member of Parliament from Pujehun District was fined Le60 000 000 on a two count charge of “incitement and conspiracy.” The 6 people, as it could be recalled, were on February 11 found guilty of “conspiracy to commit a crime, incitement and destruction of 40 palm trees belonging to the Socfin Agricultural Company by the high court in Bo. The six activists are all members of the Malen Affected Land Owners and Users Association and they were each sentenced to a minimum of 5 months imprisonment or pay a fine of US$35 000. The ex-MP Siaka Sama was however fined Le60m as he was found guilty of “incitement and conspiracy to commit a crime.” Meanwhile, the case dates back to 2013 when the 6 people were arrested for allegedly destroying 40 palm plantations, property of Socfin. The civil society has meanwhile opened a bank account to raise money to free the others. – See more at: http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/25822-malen-vs-socfin-ex-mp-freed-but-5-others-still-in#sthash.QWtL1wfU.dpuf

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