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12 Mar 2015 description

Moinina Fofana, the former Civil Defence Forces (CDF) Director of War, was returned to Sierra Leone from Rwanda's Mpanga Prison early today after having been granted Conditional Early Release by the RSCSL.
Fofana will complete the remainder of his 15-year sentence in his own community in Bo, subject to strict conditions and stringent monitoring. He will complete his sentence in May 2018.

30 May 2012 description

The Judges of Trial Chamber II today sentenced convicted former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor to a term of 50 years in prison for planning and for aiding and abetting crimes committed by rebel forces in Sierra Leone during the country's decade-long civil war.

16 Nov 2009 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 16 November 2009

The Special Court for Sierra Leone today handed over its detention facility to the Sierra Leone Prison Service. The ceremony, which was opened by Special Court President Justice Jon Kamanda, marks a significant milestone in the completion of the Court's mandate in Freetown.

The site now returns to the Sierra Leone Prison Service, where it will be used to house female prisoners.

"We are handing over a facility that meets international standards, which we believe the Sierra Leone government can utilize at any time they require a …

26 Oct 2009 description

The Special Court Appeals Chamber, by a majority, has upheld the convictions of three former leaders of Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Justice Renate Winter of Austria delivered the majority judgment, dismissing a total of 96 Defence grounds of appeal.

Former RUF Interim Leader Issa Hassan Sesay and Senior RUF Commander Morris Kallon were each convicted in February 2009 on 16 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war.

21 Jul 2009 description

June 2008 to May 2009

FOREWORD

Your Excellencies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma:

It is my honour, privilege and pleasure to submit to you the Sixth Annual Report on the operations and activities of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, covering the period 1st June 2008 to 31st May 2009.

The seventh year of the Court's operation proved to be a very difficult year. We had to stand up to challenges we never expected to face.

04 May 2009 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 4 May 2009

The Judges of Trial Chamber II in The Hague have dismissed in its entirety a Motion for Judgment of Acquittal brought Under Rule 98 by Defence counsel on behalf of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. This means that Mr. Taylor has a case to answer on all 11 counts of the indictment.

The Trial Chamber ruled that the Prosecution had presented sufficient evidence on all counts which, if believed, would be capable of supporting a conviction.

08 Apr 2009 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 8 April 2009

Three former leaders of Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have received lengthy prison sentences for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war.

In a sentencing judgment read out by Presiding Judge Pierre Boutet of Canada, former RUF Interim Leader Issa Hassan Sesay received a sentence of 52 years, while senior RUF commander Morris Kallon will serve a 40 year sentence.

27 Feb 2009 description

The Prosecution concluded its case today in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. At a Status Conference in The Hague, Princiapl Trial Attorney Brenda Hollis told the Judges of the Special Court's Trial Chamber II that "the Prosecution has no further evidence and the Prosecution does rest its case."

The last of 91 witnesses called by the Prosecution concluded his testimony on 30 January.

25 Feb 2009 description

Three former leaders of Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front were found guilty today of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's decade-long civil war. Former RUF Interim Leader Issa Hassan Sesay and RUF commander Morris Kallon were each found guilty on 16 of the 18 counts in the indictment. Former RUF Chief of Security Augustine Gbao was found guilty on 14 counts. Presiding Judge Justice Pierre Boutet of Canada reads out the judgment in court.

09 Oct 2007 description

Two former leaders of Sierra Leone's Civil Defence Forces (CDF) militia have received prison sentences following their convictions in August for war crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil conflict.

Justice Itoe said that while both Prosecution and Defence had recommended single, "global" sentences, the Court had decided to hand down separate sentences on each count for which the two accused had been found guilty.

Moinina Fofana, who was convicted on 4 counts of the 8-count indictment, received sentences of 6 years for Count 2 (murder), 6 years for …

19 Jul 2007 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19 July 2007 - Former AFRC Leaders Sentenced to Long Prison Sentences for Crimes in Sierra Leone

Three former members of Sierra Leone's Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences for their part in crimes committed during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil conflict.

These are the first sentences handed down at the Special Court.

Alex Tamba Brima, aka "Gullit"; Brima Bazzy Kamara, and Santigie Borbor Kanu, alias "Five-Five" were each convicted on June 20 on 11 counts of war crimes and …