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Special Court denies postponement

30 August 2007 at 01:52 | 267 views

A source at the Special Court for Sierra Leone has told the Vanguard that there has not been any postponement of the sentencing hearing for the CDF indictees as alleged by CDF loyalist Alfred SamForay in a recent press release.

The court, the source went on, published a step by step schedule for the sentencing hearings as long ago as August 2, 2007. The schedule, now in the possession of the Vanguard, stated the following, among other things:

1. That the office of the Prosecutor(Prosecution)file any relevant information that may assist the Trial Chamber in determining an appropriate sentence no later than 4pm on Friday the 24th of August, 2007.

2.That the Defence file any relevant information that may assist the Trial Chamber in determining an appropriate sentence no later that 4pm on Friday 31st of August.

3. That a sentencing hearing be held on Wednesday the 19th of September 2007 at 10.00 am for additional oral arguments only.

4.That the length of the sentencing submissions for the prosecution shall not exceed one hour and that the length of the sentencing submissions of counsel for each accused person shall not exceed one hour.

5.That a sentencing judgment be rendered on Monday,the 24th of September, 2007 at 10.00 am.

The schedule was signed by Justices Pierre Boutet, Benjamin Mutanga Itoe(photo) and Bankole Thompson(August 2, 2007).

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