Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans residing in the United States of America as well as non-Sierra Leonean/American citizens have urged the US States’ Department to do all it can to get senior opposition politician, Alie Kabba out of harm’s way and returned to the United States where he is also a citizen.
Mr. Kabba is standing trial on a two count charge of bigamy and perjury in a Freetown lower court. He spent a total of ten days at the Maximum Pademba Road Male Correctional Center for either being denied bail or failing to meet bail condition since his initial arrest on the eve of Christmas last year.
However, many Sierra Leoneans believe and is being widely speculated that Mr. Kabba, an outspoken critic of the current administration is being punished for leading series of demonstrations against President Ernest Bai Koroma in cities across the United States following the controversial sacking of the elected Vice President, Chief Samuel Sam Sumana in March last year.
Global Times has been told the offices of the Assistant Secretary, the Department of State Bureau of African Affairs Office, Linda Thomas Greenfield has been overwhelmed with calls from Sierra Leoneans and other American citizens urging the American government to do all it can to free Alie Kabba and get him returned to the US safely.
Mr. Kabba was released from detention at the maximum security prison on Friday after struggling to meet the excessive bail condition which Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie imposed while committing the matter to the High Court last
In his moving statement following his release from prison on Friday, Mr Kabba said: “My fellow patriots, I am seeing the worst happening to me…It is just a matter of time…As a voice for the voiceless and marginalized, I might not see another day or daylight…But whatever happens to me in this my journey, do not weep for me. There are millions in Sierra Leoneans to weep for.”
Alie Kabba who is a well-respected community organizer and civil society activist described the APC as a “Cult blanketed in the guise of a political party” and Sierra Leone as “a Republic of fear and hunger.”
As at press time last night, there were indications that the Obama administration has had a change of mind on the Alie Kabba matter.
According to report, his arrest and detention and subsequent trial is now widely viewed by the diplomatic community as a political persecution of an American citizen.