Norman, Samuel Hinga

Samuel Hinga NormanDuring Sierra Leone's civil war (1991-2002), Samuel Hinga Norman was a top leader and national coordinator of the Civil Defence Force (CDF), the pro-government militia that was supporting President Kabbah against the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). As the principal authority in the CDF, Norman was in charge of all strategic and operational decisions. The CDF military campaign against united forces of the RUF/AFRC also included attacks against civilians suspected of “collaborating” with the rebels. Massive killings, violence, looting and the destruction of private property were aimed at terrorising the local population. In 1998 Norman was appointed Deputy Minister of Defence. He then served as Minister of the Interior from May 2002 until the time of his arrest and surrender to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on 10 March 2004.

The indictment accused Samuel Hinga Norman of crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law especially through the enrolment in the armed forces of children less than 15 years old. Additionally, Norman was charged on the basis of command responsibility for the criminal acts of his subordinates.

Samuel Hinga Norman died in Senegal during medical treatment on 22 February 2007 before the end of the trial.

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