FBC student -Muckson’s case set to go to ECOWAS Court, demanding compensation of USD 500,000.

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FBC student -Muckson’s case set to go to ECOWAS Court, his lawyer is demanding compensation of USD 500,000 for human rights violations by the Republic of Sierra Leone, and a call for his immediate release.

In a letter seen by the Pipul Pikin Network, dated 26th May 2020 and copied to Hussain Muckson Seasy, prominent international human rights lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson has notified the Attorney –General and Minister of Justice Dr Priscilla Schwartz, that he will be instituting proceedings at the ECOWAS Court, against the Republic of Sierra Leone on the instructions of Child Right Activist, Hussain Muckson Seasy, a student of FBC, presently incarcerated at the Correctional Centre in Freetown.

The reliefs being sought included a (1) declaration that his arrest by the Sierra Leone Police is a violation of section 17 (1) and 20 (1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, Act No 6 of 199, as amended, and article 6 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights of 1981; 2) a Declaration that his detention from the 3rd of May 2020 by the Sierra Leone Police and the Correctional Centre is unlawful and violation of his rights as guaranteed by articles 4,5, and 7 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights of 1981; 3) an order mandating the government of Sierra Leone and its agent to immediately release him from custody; and 4) payment of the sum of Five Thousands United States Dollars (USD 500,000) to him, being compensation for the violation of his right to human dignity, liberty, fair hearing, trauma, subjected to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment while in detention, and for loss of earning and education.

It would be recalled that Muckson was arrested, detained and charged to court for preventing the course of justice, with one count that he took a photo of police interview of Dr Sylvia Bldyen and posted on social media, stating that social distancing was not observed by the Police amid COVID 1, an allegation Mucksn has vehemently denied. Lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson has told the court that taking a photo and posting on it on social media cannot amounts to preventing the course of justice and certainly not a crime under domestic and international law.

More details will be provided as the case evolves.

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27 May 2020

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