Herbalist, murder convict LA Moiforay’s presidential pardon revoked, Justice Minister sacked

LA Chocolate wanted

“LA Chocolate has now been declared wanted by the police” SLP

By Alpha KamaraUS

President Julius Maada Bio has revoked the presidential pardon given to herbalist M’Baimba Moiforay alias LA Chocolate. Moiforay was serving a life imprisonment term for killing a Freetown based Disc Jockey, Sydney Buckle alias DJ Clef in 2015. He was sentenced to death by hanging but his punishment’s was reduced after the government placed a moratorium on the death penalty.

In a press release dater January 17th from State House, it informed the public that President Bio has instituted an investigation into the process leading to the granting of pardon to Moiforay or LA Chocolate. The president has also revoked his clemency, the release added.

Few hours after issuing that release, photos of the herbalist popped up on social media having fun with government officials including the Information Minister and the Attorney General and Justice Minister.  The information Minister Mohamed Swaray was quick enough to address the issue in his own way. On Facebook, the minister said he met the herbalist convict in the house of the Attorney General Mr. Brewah and was asked for a photo opportunity which he honored as a politician.

A second State House release issued on January 18th that the president has replaced the Attorney General and Minister of Justice with immediate effect. No reason was given for the action, but it is widely believed that the sacking is in connection with the release of the convict herbalist Moiforay.

Many on social media believed the sacked Justice Minister Brewah inserted Moiforay’s name in the list of convicts to receive presidential pardon, or him being the legal advisor to the president did not give the right advice with regards to the New Year’s Day clemency omitting names of petty criminals serving jail terms for minor offences and included the murder herbalist. Meanwhile, some people are calling for more heads to roll to put a stop to this embarrassment some officials have brought on the president, having to reverse a presidential pardon.

On the same day a press release from the Sierra Leone police declared M’Baimba Moiforay wanted. The release said Moiforay or LAC is wanted for murder and a reward of Ten Million Leones or $ 1,000 has been placed for anyone with information that will lead to his capture.  

Herbalist, murder convict LA Moiforay’s presidential pardon revoked, Justice Minister sacked
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