In a strongly worded release the membership of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has condemned the “government’s feet dragging on the Harry Yansaneh matter.”
The release states that, “the patience of the membership of the SLAJ has been overstretched to snapping point as the Harry Yansaneh matter remains unresolved and as the Attorney General’s office continues to delay the prosecution of those responsible for the death of the late journalist”.
The release points out that the membership of SLAJ holds the view that Harry Yansaneh met his death in 2005 as a result of violence meted out on him and that the innocent journalist died as a result of political victimization, spearheaded by a Member of Parliament, Hon. Fatmata Hassan as clearly indicated by the jurors of an inquest mandated by the government of Sierra Leone.
The release also informs that the law office has on several occasions attempted to convince SLAJ that action was being taken to extradite three of the suspects, Bai Bureh Ahmed and Aminata Komeh from the United Kingdom to stand trial in Sierra Leone in an effort to unearth their level of involvement in the death of the journalist.
SLAJ notes that it is very concerned about the fact that the law office is downplaying the role played by Member of Parliament Fatmata Hassan in the death of the journalist; and it now demands that the law office, better still, the Sierra Leone government comes out with a statement on the status of the Harry Yansaneh’s matter.
The leadership of SLAJ states that it will intensify its campaign to expose those people who were responsible for the death of Harry Yansaneh as well as those government functionaries who are hell bent on using administrative authority to attempt to ‘kill’ the case.
SLAJ maintains that it is convinced that Harry Yansaneh was murdered and that his assailants must be tried before a court of law, stressing that “if it becomes clear that the government has no intention of creating the atmosphere for the trial of the killers of Harry Yansaneh,” SLAJ notes, it may have no alternative but to prosecute the matter privately.
The association holds that the death of Harry Yansaneh was clearly a violation of human rights and it is therefore strange that the Law Office continues to drag its feet in addressing an issue that is related to the deliberate murder of a citizen of this country.