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Sierra Leone’s Judiciary, even before independence, is well known to pampering criminals. This ugly scenario has continued to the extent that it now scolds state governance reforms as that arm of legislature is busy giving leeway for people to hook justice out.
For the fight against corruption to hold, the judiciary must be robust with mechanisms that would disallow impunity. State criminals are more conscious of the fact that regardless of the degree of the crimes they might commit, their end verdict would as usual be a negligible fine cost proffered in the laws of the land.
Most of the time debates are up the sleeves in trying to pin the fact that the laws of Sierra Leone are needed to be changed and certain adjustments regarding figures and data of fine be amended to suit the current currency rate values. This is said because, if such adjustments are not put in place, the big fraudsters would benefit hugely at the expense of the country whose laws are proffering meagre sum as fine cost.
However, this is not to say bribery among the list is not a scourge that is already bullying the development of Sierra Leone as a state, inasmuch as our economic prospects are designed to flourish there is every need for financial security and tame of crime to deter the evil
I am not saying that there is any tendency of any brown envelope to have been exchanged during the cause of all state matters being persecuted in the Sierra Leone court of law since 2007 unto date, I am merely saying the degree of consideration given to those accused persons whose names I will not mention in terms of fine taking into consideration the amount of monies alleged stolen is an indication that the judiciary like a hunting dog has suddenly gone mad and turned to his master.
The law implanting arm of government by the look of thing seem pitching tent with criminals which to some large extent will do the people and Country no good but subject them to total poverty.
The present way and manner the issue of corruption is being handled in the court system can also serve as a lubricant for other state institutions to cart away a huge amount of state resources with the intention to use the same channel used by others to go off the hook.
The power to choose whether to fine, jail, or both, by magistrates and judges, should be to look into if the fight against corruption should have any positive impact into the country.
Since February 2000, the Anti Corruption Commission was created to prevent all forms of corruption in Sierra Leone. It is also worth noting that Sierra Leone happens to be the eighth country in the world to sign and fully ratify the United Nation Convention against Corruption.
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