SCSL delivers lengthy first sentences 19 Jul 2007
On 19 July, the Special Court for Sierra Leone sentenced three former members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council to at least 45 years' imprisonment.

Presiding Judge Julia SebutindeOn 19 July 2007, three former members of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara, and Santigie Borbor Kanu were sentenced to lengthy imprisonment by the Trial Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The Court imposed single “global” sentences of 50 years for Brima, 45 years for Kamara, and 50 years for Kanu. These are the first sentences handed down by the SCSL following the end of the 1991-2002 conflict in Sierra Leone. The accused were each convicted on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, enslavement and pillage.

This is also the first time that people have been convicted by an international court for the conscription of child soldiers. In announcing the sentences, Presiding Judge Julia Sebutinde stated that the three had been found guilty of “some of the most heinous, brutal and atrocious crimes ever recorded in human history”.  The Judges also noted that none of the accused had expressed remorse for their crimes.

Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) logo The SCSL was established for the prosecution of persons who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and national law committed in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. The SCSL is an independent hybrid court established under an Agreement between the UN and the Government of Sierra Leone.

The SCSL has indicted 12 people, including the President of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, Charles Taylor, who is currently on trial in The Hague. Taylor’s trial was moved from Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, to The Hague for security reasons.

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