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Court Martial: Convicted Staff Sergeant sentenced to 30-year jail term

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Court Martial: Convicted Staff Sergeant sentenced to 30-year jail term


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The Court Martial hearing following the November 26, 2023 Failed Attempted Coup, has handed a 30-year jail sentence on Staff Sergeant Alhaji Koroma of 11 Battalion for his involvement in nine counts of Mutiny, Conspiracy and Communicating with the Enemy, among other charges.

Presided over by the Honorable Judge Advocate, Mark Ngegba, and a Panel of Board Members, the sentencing marks a significant outcome in the case.

During the emotional plea for leniency, Sergeant Koroma, visibly distraught, urged his wife to shield their children from the harsh reality of his sentence, instructing her to inform them that he has embarked on a journey if they inquire about his whereabouts.

Staff Sergeant Alhaji Koroma, who serves in the 11 Battalion of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), has admitted to committing a civil offense and mutiny.

During the court proceedings, he passionately requested mercy from the court and implored the President to pardon him. Sergeant Koroma explained that he was coerced by certain individuals to carry out the acts in question.

Sergeant Koroma’s emotional plea has added a compelling dimension to the ongoing legal proceedings, as the court grapples with the complexities of the case. His request for clemency and his assertion of being manipulated by external forces were seemingly pivotal points for consideration as his trial ends.

This high-profile court martial has garnered significant public attention.


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