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Sierra Leone has charged 12 individuals, including a member of former President Ernest Bai Koroma’s security team, with treason following a failed coup attempt in November.

The accused, who were presented before a magistrate in Freetown, are allegedly connected to the violent events of November 26, when gunmen targeted military and civilian sites, resulting in over 20 deaths and the release of approximately 2,200 inmates.

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The group facing charges consists of former police and correctional officers, as well as Amadu Koita, a former bodyguard of President Koroma. The information ministry disclosed that additional suspects are likely to be charged in the near future.

The government has attributed the coup attempt primarily to individuals associated with Koroma’s security detail. Koroma, who publicly denounced the violence shortly after the incident, has also been summoned for questioning by the police as part of the ongoing investigation.


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