Francis Misheck Minah (19 August 1929 – 1989) was a Sierra Leonean statesman, lawyer and politician who served as First Vice President of Sierra Leone from 1985 to 1987 under President Siaka Stevens. An ethnic Mende from the Pujehun District, he became a member of the House of Representatives in 1967. He had previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Health, Minister of Trade and Industry and Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Early life and education
Minah was born on 19 August 1929 in Sawula, Pujehun District. He was a cousin of Siaka Probyn Stevens. He received his education at Methodist Boys High School and read law at King's College London. In 1962, he was called to the bar at Grays Inn.
Minah was a member of the Mende ethnic group.
Career and politics
In 1967, he entered politics and became a member of Parliament for Pujehun South District rising through the ranks and eventually becoming Vice President of Sierra Leone. During his tenure, Minah became one of the most powerful politicians in Sierra Leone.
Minah orchestrated the constitutional amendments necessary for President Stevens to pass over Vice President S.I.Koroma and make Brigadier General Joseph Saidu Momoh his successor.
He returned to Sierra Leone and served in many capacities as Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, under former president Siaka Stevens. He was later appointed the Vice President of Sierra Leone under former president Joseph Saidu Momoh administration.
Trial and execution
On 23 March 1987, police raided a house in Freetown and reported the discovery of heavy artillery, including rocket launchers. Minah and 17 others (including Jamil Sahid Mohamed were arrested and accused of planning to assassinate President Momoh and intending to stage a coup d'état in order to make Minah president of Sierra Leone.
In October 1987, after a five-month trial and four hours of deliberation, the jury delivered a guilty verdict. The former First Vice President and 17 others were convicted of treason and sentenced to death.
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