Sierra Leone Court upholds sentences of RUF rebels 26 Oct 2009
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has upheld the sentences of three rebel leaders of the Revolutionary United Front.

On 26 October 2009, the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) upheld sentences against three former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. On 8 April 2009, Issa Hassan Sesay , Morris Kallon and Augustine Gbao, all charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, were sentenced to terms of imprisonment of 52, 40 and 25 years, respectively. These included the first-ever convictions for forced marriage as a crime against humanity and attacks against United Nations peacekeepers as a crime against humanity. Although the Appeals Chamber upheld some grounds of appeal, the sentences remained unchanged.

The conflict in Sierra Leone left over 100 000 people killed, and left thousands mutilated, with amputated arms and legs. The conflict also saw rape, sexual abuse and sexual slavery committed on a large scale. The Court has focused on three main factions during the war, the pro-government Civil Defence Forces (CDF), the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the RUF. The Trial Chamber held that the RUF and AFRC leaders were part of a joint criminal enterprise with the purpose of taking over territory in Sierra Leone and its diamond mining areas.

Seven years after the civil war in the west African state, the RUF judgement is the last to be delivered by the Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The remaining trial is that of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is accused of supporting the RUF. Due to security reasons, the trial is taking place in The Hague.

Issa Hassan Sesay
Morris Kallon
Augustine Gbao
The RUF Accused 

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2 March 2009

Consolidated Indictment
2 August 2006

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