Sierra Leone’s former minister of social welfare in the Koroma-led APC government, who was arrested by police and has been in detention for the past three weeks, appeared at the magistrate court today, where many expected her to be granted bail.
“The Sierra Leone government’s unrelenting pursuit of Dr Sylvia Blyden without bail is nothing short of a full-scale assault on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Palo Conteh is being represented by the veteran and erudite international lawyer – Dr Abdulai O. Conteh – who is also the former Chief Justice of the Belize Supreme Court; former Special Court Judge and Attorney General in the Koroma-led APC government – Joseph F. Kamara; and Barrister Wara Serry-Kamal.
Palo Conteh, whose wife also appeared in court two days ago for unlawful possession of firearms and refused bail by magistrate, has been held in detenion for the past several months, after he was arrested for allegedly taking a gun into State House.
According to court report by Milton Margai, in the case involving Isata Saccoh – the wife of Palo Conteh, who appeared before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie last Wednesday, 20th May 2020, it is alleged that she conspired with others to help Palo Conteh escape from the Pademba Road Prison.