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UN court convicts three accused war criminals

Video by Catherine VIETTE

Latest update : 2009-02-26

The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone passed guilty verdicts on Wednesday for three commanders of the Revolutionary United Front accused of war crimes during the 1991-2001 civil war in Sierra Leone

  
AFP - Sierra Leone war crimes court Wednesday convicted three former rebel leaders of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during one of the most brutal civil wars in modern history.
  
Issa Sesay, Morris Kallon and Augustine Gbao from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), a former rebel group, all denied having ordered and carried out a spree of killings, rapes and mutilations during the decade-long war which ended in 2001.
  
Sesay and Kallon were found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges, while Gbao was found guilty of 14.
  
By the time the conflict ended, some 120,000 people had been killed and tens of thousands mutilated, their arms, legs, noses or ears cut off.
  
According to presiding judge Pierre Boutet of Canada "the acts of the RUF were an attempt to create fear in the population" of Sierra Leone.
  
Sentences will be decided in separate hearings to be announced at a later date.
  

Date created : 2009-02-25

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