Kargbo told CPJ he has not been given a copy of the charge sheet.
During Kargbo’s arraignment at a magistrate court on September 23, Samba was present in the courtroom with two other judges and requested that the journalist be released on bail, according to the privately owned Sierra Leone Telegraph newspaper. He was released on bail on September 25, but was not told the date of the next hearing.
CPJ’s repeated calls and messages to Samba went unanswered.
If convicted, Kargbo faces a jail term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 leones ($0.10) according to Section 26 of the 1965 Public Order Act.
Umaru Napoleon Koroma, Sierra Leone’s deputy attorney general, told CPJ in late September that the government was planning an out of court settlement. As of October 25, 2019, CPJ has been unable to confirm the status of this possible settlement.