22 October 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 76

Table of content:

  • Special Court for Sierra Leone: CDF: a “legitimate” cause
  • Trials in Croatia: Croatia proves itself
  • Iraqi High Tribunal: A judge’s words
  • USA-South Africa: Lawsuit opened against 50 multinationals over Apartheid

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20 September 2004 by -

When the trial resumed of the three Civil Defence Force (CDF) leaders in Freetown, witness TF2-140, aged 21, caused something of a stir. A close confidante of former CDF coordinator Sam Hinga Norman, the witness revealed that on one occasion in 1998 he travelled with Norman in a helicopter to a meeting in a luxury hotel in Guinea, where they met Sierra Leonean president Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, his vice-president Albert Joe Demby and former British High Commissioner Peter Penfold.

07 June 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier and Kelvin Lewis

Freetown, 3 June 2004. All the signs pointed to a smooth opening day in the trial of Sam Hinga Norman, national coordinator of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF), his number two, Moinina Fofana, and Allieu Kondewa, responsible for initiation ceremonies for the pro-government militia.

21 May 2007 by KELVIN LEWIS

A ten-minute preliminary statement by key defendant Sam Hinga Norman, national coordinator of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) from 1997 to 2002, kicked off the trial proper of the former CDF leaders in Freetown.

25 July 2005 by -

On 14 July, Sierra Leone-born prosecutor Joseph Bangura made a brief statement marking the end of the year-long prosecution phase for the three exmembers of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). In a year peppered with protests and defendants boycotting their trial, the prosecution produced 75 witnesses to testify against CDF coordinator Sam Hinga Norman, director of war Moinina Fofana and High Priest Allieu Kondewa. On 3 June, 2005, Norman wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General, accusing the Court of "bias, injustice and corruption".

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.

04 October 2004 by -

Sam Hinga Norman, the former head of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) has announced he is boycotting his trial before the Sierra Leone Special Court until the court revises its measures for witness protection. At the start of the trial, the first prosecution witnesses revealed that they had been paid by the prosecution.

22 November 2004 by -

Sam Hinga Norman, the former national coordinator of the Civil Defence Force (CDF), the principal armed group to back the return of the civilian authorities to Freetown, has apparently prepared a list of around 100 witnesses to defend him before the Sierra Leone special court, according to the local newspaper Concord Times. The paper says that both the court and Norman\'s co-counsel deny that such a list exists.

07 February 2005 by KELVIN LEWIS

The youthful interim leader of the former Rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) movement, the self-styled General Issa Sesay, has ordered his former battle group commander Morris Kallon to join him and all the other defendants in the ongoing war crimes trials in Sierra Leone to boycott court hearings.

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.