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Gullit, others, to be sentenced Thursday

18 July 2007 at 01:42 | 365 views

According to a Special Court press alert,sentencing in the trial of three convicted former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forced Revolutionary Council (AFRC) will take place on Thursday, 19 July 2007 at 11:30 a.m.

Alex Tamba Brima, aka: "Gullit", Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu, aka: "Five-Five" were convicted last month on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Oral arguments on the sentencing were heard on Monday.

The hearing will be held at the Special Court’s courthouse in Freetown. Overflow seating will be available, but members of the press are advised to arrive early.

Brief bios of the three:
Alex Tamba Brima(photo) was born on 23 November 1971 in the village of Yaryah in the district of Kono in Sierra Leone. In April 1985, he joined the Sierra Leone Army, where he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Alex Tamba Brima is alleged to have been a member of a group of 17 soldiers(including Santigie Borbor Kanu and Brima Bazzy Kamara) which took power by force on 25 May 1997 in Freetown and overthrew the democratically elected government of President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.

Brima Bazzy Kamara was born on 7 May 1968 in the village of Wilberforce, Freetown. On 20 May 1991, he joined the Sierra Leone Army, where he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Santigie Borbor Kanu was born in March 1965 in Freetown.On 27 November 1990, he joined the Sierra Leone Army (SLA), where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

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