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Sierra Leone News
Thirty eight people have been arrested in Sierra Leone for allegedly cultivating marijuana.
The police with support from Irish government have launched an operation code named Desert Breeze to fight drug trafficking in the country.
Prosecutors in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor are calling for a prison sentence of 80 years, after his war crimes conviction in The Hague last week.
The prosecutors told the UN backed Sierra Special Court the "extreme magnitude" of the crimes he committed warranted the long-term sentence.
One of the four judges, an alternate judge, who convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday opposed the decision of the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague.
The UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague on Thursday declared former Liberian President Charles Taylor guilty of fuelling the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.
In Sierra Leone, many citizens are running after jobs provided by mining companies, while pay and conditions of service provided by these companies are still being contested.
Sierra Leone’s Independent Media Commission (IMC) has begun visits to media outlets ahead of November’s elections, cautioning media practitioners against making inflammatory statements that could trigger violence.
The family members and friends of former Liberian President Charles Taylor say they are optimistic about the pending ruling in his 6-year war crimes trial, just days before Judges of the United Nations backed Sierra Leone Special Court are due to hand down the verdict on April 26.
Calm has returned to Sierra Leone’s northern mining city of Bunbuna, following a violent protest amidst a mine workers strike, which left three people dead and at least eight others injured on Wednesday.
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Correspondent
One person is said to have been shot dead and several others wounded in in Sierra Leone’s northern town of Bunbuna, as striking workers staged a protest at a mining company.
--As fake drugs kill 5-month-old baby
For months now, Sierra Leone’s health authorities have been carrying out an all-out operation to track down fake medical drugs and stop their proliferation in the country, with the latest move being introduction of technology.