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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.

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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".

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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.

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09 May 2005 by KELVIN LEWIS

In April, the trial of three ex-members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) - the ousted military junta that ruled Sierra Leone in 1997- 1998 and returned to invade Freetown in 1999 - opened at the new chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The three recently arrived judges were faced with a number of new challenges in court, including the decision by all three defence counsel to stop defending their clients in protest at the suspension of one of their investigators (see inset).

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29 March 2005 by KELVIN LEWIS

The third and last scheduled trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone finally got underway on 7 March. The three men in the dock are former members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC): Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu. They faced the three foreign judges after spending nearly two years in detention. On stage for perhaps the last time was court prosecutor David Crane, two weeks after announcing he will be stepping down in July after three years at the head of the prosecution.

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