LIBERTY, FREEDOM & JUSTICE (FOR ALL)
MAADA BIO IS TALKING ABSOLUTE 'BUNKOMS'-(NONSENSE). LET ME REMIND BIO THAT "NO AMNESTY OR (FLIMSY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THAT MATTER) CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY."
MAADA BIO WAS PART OF A CONSPIRATORIAL GROUP, WHO HAD INITIALLY COMMITTED A CRIME OF TREASON BY OVERTHROWING A LEGITIMATE AND LIVE EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT THROUGH AN AGREEMENT TO DO SO, AND LATER, AS PART OF THE GROUP OF PLANNERS, WHILST STAYING WITHIN THE INNER CIRCLE AS THE THIRD IN COMMAND, WILFULLY MURDERED 29 INNOCENT PEOPLE.
TALKING ABOUT FINDINGS OF A COMMISSION THAT ABSOLVED HIM IS A SIMPLE JUVENILE THOUGHT BECAUSE THAT COMMISSION CANNOT AND DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO ABSOLVE OR GRANT ANY AMNESTY FOR THE CRIMES OF THAT GROUP OF WICKED YOUNG MEN WHO AUTHORISED, STOOD BY, HELD BACK INFORMATION, WHICH COULD HAVE STOPPED THE GRUESOME OF PAINFUL DEATH OF THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE.
HE WANTS TO BE A PRESIDENT? THEN, HE MUST TURN HIS ATTENTION TO THE LAWS RELATING TO CONSPIRACY. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN A HEAD OF STATE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS PART AS A CONSPIRATOR. BY HIS, PRESENCE OR SILENCE, AND MEAR NEGLECT OF HIS RESPONSIBILITY AS A MEMBER OF A GROUP OF LEADERS WHO HAD TAKEN POWER (ILLEGALLY THOUGH), AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE CITIZENRY, MAADA BIO IS AS GUILTY AS HELL FOR THE DEATH OF THOSE 29 PEOPLE, AND I COULD NOT WAIT FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW WHEELS TO START GRINDING AND THE SOONER HE IS ARRESTED AND CHARGED, THE BETTER FOR SIERRA LEONE. LUNTA!
FODAY MORRIS SAYS-- (IN FACE BOOK POST..).
FACELESS PAUL KARGBO Says.......
Maada and his friends must take a close look at this piece and NOTE THE FOLLOWING BITS:
(Jose Luis Diaz, Head of the Amnesty International office at the United Nations)
“……measures providing immunity from prosecution for political or military leaders, who may be responsible for human rights violations, war crimes and/or crimes against humanity, are not only a slap in the face of the victims, but they also eat away at the still fragile gains made to consolidate international justice and fight impunity.”
(Navi Pillay -UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)
“Amnesties are not permissible…” “International law and the UN policy are clear on the matter, she said, pointing out that amnesties are not permissible if they prevent the prosecution of individuals who may be criminally responsible for international crimes including war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and gross violations of human rights”.
“… a victim-centred approach to justice is essential to restore stability to a society emerging from a period of violent conflict…Victims have the right to justice, to the truth, to remedy and reparation. These are rights that are well-established internationally.”
“…“Every individual who commits a crime is accountable and should not be allowed to escape justice,”
(Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University & former UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.)
“…the International Criminal Court (ICC) should pursue those leaders in the Middle East and Africa for whom sufficient evidence exists of their responsibility for crimes against humanity and other international crimes,”
[BUT…for PEACE SAKE ?] Richard Falk also said…
“…a domestic amnesty law may be justified to obtain “societal peace” in the aftermath of a peaceful transition from dictatorship, and to avoid the dangers of chaos and civil strife.”
[But things got worse in Sierra Leone for another six years with thousands of people killed and millions and millions of Leones /pounds/dollars property valves destroyed. This could have been avoided if these coup plotters and power hungry 'soja boys' had not neglected their duties, and kept to the job they were supposed to be doing - i.e. fighting the REBELS in 1991/2 instead of greedily wanting to rule Sierra Leone.]
Richard Falk added, “... the argument is different on an international level where there is no convincing rationale for respecting efforts to opt out of accountability for international crimes,”
[Bio cannot escape. He compounded the situation by his PALACE COUP on his 'BOSSMAN' STRASSER- at a time when the Junta was in negotiations to hand back power to Civilians an quit Martial Law; he saw his chance, plotted yet again, untrustworthly, increasing his criminal responsibility and hoping to hold on to power: but the pressures of the people and the international community, forced him to bow out (BAWOJE!) after only one month and 13 days in charge of a country in panic (what a head of state?); then, hand over to his SLPP Leader - Ahmed Tejan KABBAH). And now, tries to HIDE under the banner of Flag bearer for President, thinking foolishly, that he may not be held accountable for his past crimes.???. . .DAI MAN NOR DE SLIP!!
Maada bio and his cronnies must note that ”…the court [ICC] can only take up cases in countries that are parties to the Rome Statute which created the ICC and so accept the court’s jurisdiction.” [Note: Sierra Leone is a party to that Statute.]
[Even for States which are not signatories to the Rome Statute]
“…….the Security Council has the power to ask the [ICC] court’s prosecutor to take up situations in states that have not accepted the court’s jurisdiction.”
[There is no hiding place for such criminal killers & untrustworthy, tresonable, multiple plotting coup makers]
OVER TO YOU - 'SIR' !!
Maada Bio March 1996
Handing over illegitimate power to his then SLPP Leader, Ahmed Tejan Kabbah
As for the distinction between “amnesty” and “immunity”, Luis Diaz said, “… the former is granted after the fact (after persons have been convicted, for example), while the latter is tied to a person’s position, usually official.”
[This opinion does not really reflect the situation in Sierra Leone – None of the perpetrators of the crimes of 29 December 1992-the brutal murder of 29 innocent victims- have been convicted nor investigated. Their position surely played a part and some them 9like Maada Bio, Nyuma, Strasser , SAJ Musa) - ‘profited’ by being awarded scholarships to study abroad- in UK and USA.
And a contributor has added his voice..
Every coup maker must READ,LISTEN & LEARN!!
It is a good thing in the todays politics; the era of military coups are being remembered with the right attitudes prosecutions and show of disapprovals. In Africa we are handicapped by the fear of their over lord powers that is still lurking. We hear from time to time how they want to come into mainstream politics by the back door. I feel once a coupist should never be allowed to enter the political arena.
Disgracefully in the tiny west African country of Sierra Leone we have a former junta leader now selected as the leading candidate to face the incumbent president (civilian). The exjunta man is going around saying he was not part of decisions at the time whereas he became head of the regime and this line is being sold to the international press. he has had articles published in the UK Guardian newspaper justifying why he should be taken seriously.
If the UN is looking at the big countries they should look at this as a global emergency these chaps have to be faced down – a leopard cannot get rid of its spots. If the likes of them cloak themselves in respectable suits and come back metamorphorsised the other behind them will copy the blue prints. Soldiers take an oath to guard the territories of the country not a quick road to political office. Affrifa of Ghana famously said “we are soldiers we like to remain soldiers politics is not our ambition”
If you want to be a politician do not do it in khaki do it by the ballot box but if you come out of khaki with a doubtful record nothing will ever absolve you to justify running for office.