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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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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.

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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.

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18 October 2004 by our correspondent

The TRC report devotes no less than 60 pages to the turbulent relationship between the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Working in parallel with the TRC, the court is mandated to try a handful of suspects thought to be chiefly responsible for crimes committed during the civil war.

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06 February 2006 by -

Sam Hinga-Norman, 66 years old, the most famous of the defendants effectively on trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where other figures from the 1990 civil war have for various reasons been absent, has been on the stand testifying since January 24. "Chief Norman" was serving as Minister of the Interior when he was arrested on March 10, 2003 [see IJT interview published at the end of 2003] on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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