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Sierra Leone: 14 students sentenced for rioting

A Sierra Leone magistrate’s court on Friday sentenced 14 university students to three months in jail, each of them after been found guilty of riotous conduct.The students were among over 20 people detained after demonstrating across three cities, including one in Freetown in front of the residence of President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday.

The Njala University students staged their protests in three major cities in Freetown, Kenema in the east and Bo in the south.

They were protesting the continued closure of their school due to a strike by their lecturers over pay.

The 14 students pleaded guilty when they appeared in front of a magistrate and were sentenced to serve three months in jail with the option of a fine equivalent to $1, 600.

One person was killed after being shot by anti-riot police during the riots in Bo.

Two other people suffered serious injuries.

The incident also saw the arrest of an opposition politician who has been remanded pending a hearing on Monday.

The politician, Jesmed Suma, is a founding member of the newly created National Progressive Democrat.

Police alleged that he threatened national security.

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