06 December 2004 by -

A precedent has been set by the thirteenth witness in the recently-adjourned trial of three former commanders of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) at the UN-backed Special Court for war crimes in Sierra Leone. The witness, former Liberian Army General John Tarnue, is the first to testify in open court without the protective screen hiding his identity, thus breaking a norm established in the trials of both the RUF and Civil Defence Forces (CDF) defendants. The prosecution's only request was that the witness' current address would not be revealed in open court.

18 October 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier

For those who have followed the tribulations of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for almost three years, its official report, which was published on 5 October, constitutes a small miracle. No one could have predicted such a logically structured, abundantly detailed, and well-written report two years ago when the Commission almost dissolved itself through sheer negligence. Even a year ago when the report was first due out, hopes for a turnaround were not high.

Blaise Campaore