Sesay, Issa Hassan

Issa Hassan SesayIssa Hassan Sesay, also known as Issa Sesay was a senior officer and Commander in the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and their joint forces called the Junta, operating within Sierra Leone from 1993 to 2003. During this period, the RUF and the AFRC, acting in concert with, or under the orders of Sesay, allegedly carried out armed attacks against civilian population as well as humanitarian assistance personnel and United Nations peacekeepers throughout the territory of Sierra Leone. These raids were primarily designed to terrorise the civilian population and consisted of unlawful killings, physical and sexual violence, looting of property, abductions of girls and women for sexual slavery and enforced recruitment of child soldiers.
The indictment against Issa Hassan Sesay was issued on 7 March 2003 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) and he was arrested three days later. Hassan Sesay was charged on the basis of individual responsibility with 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. On 25 February 2009 the SCSL in Freetown convicted Issa Hassan Sesay on 16 of the 18 counts against him and in the highest sentence given by the Court, Sesay was sentenced to a total of 52 years’ imprisonment for his 16 convictions on 8 April 2009.

On 26 October 2009, the Appeals Chamber unanimously upheld the conviction and sentence of Sesay on all 16 counts. On 31 October 2009, Sesay was transferred to Rwanda to serve his sentence along with seven other persons convicted by the SCSL.

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