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Updates on the Special Court for Sierra Leone

I decided to focus on Sierra Leone this week because I watched the movie “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” on Monday. It’s about Charles Taylor, the Liberian dictator, who was later tried by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the United Nations and the government of Sierra Leone with “the power to prosecute persons who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.” Charles Tayor was convicted by the Court in April 2012, and sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in encouraging human rights abuses during Sierra Leone’s civil war. The news story from this week on the appeals court is that it is expected to deliver a final decision on Charles Taylor’s guilt or innocence soon. This will essentially wrap up the business of the tribunal, although it will not exhaust all needs for funding, which includes protection of witnesses. 

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One response to “Updates on the Special Court for Sierra Leone

  1. Alana Tiemessen October 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    A very timely post, as we’ll be talking about this court and the Taylor trial soon. Putting Taylor on trial has been a notable success for international justice – not only because he was a head of state now being held responsible but also because his the initial offer of amnesty and exile was revoked. The U.S. has taken a keen interested in this tribunal and Taylor’s trial specifically.

    Has anyone see the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell?

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