Sierra Leone opposition politician released

Associated Press

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities have released a prominent opposition politician in Sierra Leone who was accused of making statements that could undermine state security.

Charles Francis Margai had been detained after speaking about a land dispute he has with Sierra Leone's first lady. Margai said he would fight for his land and said he would be backed by militia forces loyal to him.

His lawyer, Robert Kowa, said Monday that Margai has been released on bail without charge though he must report to police every other day.

Margai was among the candidates who contested the presidential election in 2012 election and lost to incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma. Margai's party does not hold a seat in parliament.

Sierra Leone is still recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that ended in 2002.

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