New commentary on Hague Justice Portal 12 Jun 2008
Roland Adjovi examines the Appeal Judgement in the AFRC case delivered by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in February 2008.

The AFRC case before the Special Court for Sierra Leone involved three former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the civil war which raged in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002.

In this commentary written for the Hague Justice Portal, Roland Adjovi analyses the reasoning of the Appeals Chamber in its Judgement of 22 February 2008 in which it rejected the appeals of the accused before going on to accept two of the Prosecution’s grounds of appeal. Most notably, it confirmed that forced marriage in itself could constitute an inhumane act under international law.

“This Appeals Judgement merits careful review, not only because it is the first of the Tribunal, but also because the Prosecution’s  grounds of appeal and the position adopted by the Appeals Chamber constitute new developments in international criminal law.” (Roland Adjovi)

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