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Claiming Danger, Sierra Leone V.P. Sought U.S. Asylum

The Guardian   in  ·
March 16, 2015

The US on Sunday urged Sierra Leone’s government and its vice-president to resolve their differences through the rule of law.

Samuel Sam-Sumana on Saturday requested asylum from the US, claiming that his life was in danger. Sierra Leone’s ruling party denied that the vice-president was under threat.

Sam-Sumana is not at the US embassy in Freetown, an American official confirmed Sunday.

“Our embassy has been in contact with all relevant officials, and we urge all concerned to resolve the situation through appropriate procedures that respect due process and the rule of law,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity because of a lack of authorization to speak to the press about the issue.


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