Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah, has provided insights into the autopsy findings concerning the demise of Canadian journalist Steven Douglas. The determined cause of death, as per the received autopsy results, was attributed to an acute bio-cardiac infection, commonly referred to as a heart attack.
Minister Bah revealed that a thorough coroner’s investigation, held on December 2, 2023, was conducted by a team comprising three doctors—Dr. Orwiss Koroma, Dr. Kalawa, and Dr. Mena—alongside security officials and representatives from Canadian authorities. The examination was carried out in response to the unfortunate events surrounding Douglas’s passing.
During a post-mortem briefing, Minister Bah emphasized that the autopsy results were promptly communicated to Canadian authorities in Canada. He further disclosed the active participation of the Consulate of the Canadian Government in Sierra Leone during the investigative process.
Highlighting the call for a swift and transparent investigation, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists penned a letter to the Ministry of Information and Civic Education, urging immediate attention to the matter of Steven Douglas’s untimely demise.
The incident occurred at Douglas’s residence in Congo Cross, Freetown, during the attempted coup d’état on November 26, 2023. However, details surrounding the circumstances of his death remain undisclosed. Notably, various locations such as Wilberforce, Murray Town near Congo Cross, Pademba Road Prison, and the military headquarters at Cockerel were targeted during the assailants’ actions on that fateful day.
Addressing concerns, Minister Bah assured journalists that, in collaboration with the Canadian representative and government, his ministry is committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation. Once concluded, the findings will be communicated to the Canadian authorities, fostering transparency and accountability in this unfortunate incident. AJ/7/12/2023