03 March 2008 by Thierry Cruvellier

On February 22, the Appeals Chamber in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) issued its first judgment, confirming the sentence of three important leaders of the former military junta of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed between 1997 and 2000. The judges also added a new crime: forced marriages. Most importantly, they found that Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu were part of a joint criminal enterprise, a decisive finding for the Taylor trial.

21 January 2008 by Thierry Cruvellier

Prepared, conscientious prosecutors, tenacious lawyers concentrated on the evidence, a chamber presided over with firmness and competence, pertinent witnesses: the trail of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, opened January 7 by a Special Court for Sierra Leone moved to the premises of the ICC at The Hague, has begun with dignity.

Johnny-Paul Koroma