The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 December 2013
The appointment into any democratically elected government, of anyone, directly involved in Sierra Leone’s ten year brutal civil war is bound to be controversial.
And last week’s appointment of the former rebel leader – Foday Sankoh’s most senior adviser – Omrie Golley, has sent shivers down the spine of many Sierra Leoneans. (Photo: Sierra Leone’s rebel war victim).
Omrie Golley was no ordinary member of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
He has been accused of playing a pivotal role in perpetuating the war, by using his home in Macedonia to purchase and supply weapons to the rebels, as well as being on the payroll of the RUF.
He was also, by far the most intelligent and intellectually capable amongst the RUF senior executives, providing political, as well as legal and constitutional advice to RUF leader Foday Sankoh.
Just months ago, the former Liberian warlord – Charles Taylor was found guilty of crimes against humanity, after supplying logistics, material and intelligence support to the RUF in Sierra Leone, which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in that country.
Several RUF officials deemed to have borne the greatest responsibility for the war have been indicted and are now serving jail terms.
But questions remain as to how and why Omrie Golley – ‘the legal brain’ behind Foday Sankoh, could have avoided – though some would say evaded – justice.
Golley is now a senior public servant in the Koroma government. But should he be trusted?