Sierra Leone Prepares Trials of Three High-Profile War Crime Indictees

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Friday, April 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On January 17, 2005, the media reported growing anxiety as the Sierra Leone Special Court prepares to start trials of three high profile war crimes indictees from the former military junta the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), which seized power in a coup in 1997. Awaiting the establishment of a second trial chamber that will try them are Tamba Alex Brima (alias Gullit), Santigie Kanu (aka Brigadier Five Five) and Ibrahim Bazzy Kamara. They have spent more than a year in the custody of the Sierra Leone Special Court. The three judges that will try the case were sworn in on January 24, 2005. The same chamber is also expected to try Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president who is presently living in Nigeria after he received amnesty in Liberia and was admitted to Nigeria as a refugee...[more]