Kondewa, Allieu

Allieu KondewaAllieu Kondewa was a leading member and “High Priest” of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) in Sierra Leone. The CDF was a pro-government paramilitary organisation which was involved in an armed conflict against combined forces of the Revolutionary United Front and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (RUF/AFRC) during the country’s civil war from 1991-2002. Together with Moinina Fofana, Allieu Kondewa was in charge of the strategic and operational decisions of the CDF, receiving orders from Samuel Hinga Norman, their immediate superior. As High Priest, Kondewa controlled and supervised all initiations of the CDF, including the enrolment and use of children to participate actively in hostilities. Between 1996-1999, the CDF was said to have conducted military actions against the RUF/AFRC, which included attacks against civilians suspected of “collaborating” with the alliance. The terror campaign consisted of looting, the destruction of private property and physical violence.

Allieu Kondewa was arrested on 29 May 2003 and transferred to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). He was indicted with crimes against humanity and war crimes. On 2 August 2007, the Court convicted Allieu Kondewa on five counts including murder, cruel treatment, pillage, collective punishments and conscripting of child soldiers. Trial Chmaber I sentenced Kondewa to 8 years' imprisonment on 9 October 2007.

In its Appeals Judgement of 28 May 2008, the Appeals Chamber entered new convictions against Kondewa for murder and inhumane acts as crimes against humanity and increased his sentence to 20 years' imprisonment.

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