Sierra Leone’s former president to face the ICC soon

By Mabinty M. Kamara


Claim: Former President Ernest Koroma to face the ICC soon, citing New York Times

Verdict: False and manipulated content


The claims in the posts are that:

  1. i)                  The former President has been invited by the International Criminal Court (ICC)
  2. ii)                The ICC has collected photographs, fingerprints and DNA of the former president.

To verify these claims, SLAJ/NDI super Newsroom fact checkers contacted the Communications person of the former president, Ishmael who refuted the claims.

The team of fact-checkers also contacted the ICC for verification through their verified Facebook page (7) Facebook but could not find any such posts. We also search on the New York Times official website The New York Times – Breaking News, US News, World News and Videos (nytimes.com) but could not find such a report.

Conclusion: The Newspaper was manipulated and the photo of the former president placed therein.

Note:  This fact-checked story is a product of the SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom on Combating Disinformation in Sierra Leone’s 2023 electoral cycle. The project is supported by Global Affairs Canada to enable citizens to have access to credible and accurate information during and after the elections.

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