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Special Court: Verdict on AFRC Next Week

13 June 2007 at 19:21 | 248 views

According to a news alert from the Special Court for Sierra Leone,verdicts in the trial of The Prosecutor vs. Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu are scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June at 11:00 a.m. The hearing will take place at Courtroom II in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The three defendants are alleged to have been leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC). They each face a 14-count indictment for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. All three have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

These will be the first verdicts delivered at the Special Court. Although tried jointly, each accused will be judged as an individual.

The trial was heard by the Special Court’s Trial Chamber II, consisting of Justice Julia Sebutinde (presiding), Justice Teresa Doherty and Justice Richard Lussick. Trial Chamber II is also conducting the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague.

Photos: Left to right: Brima Bazzy Kamara, Santigie Borbor Kanu and Alex Tamba Brima.