Friday, June 4, 2010

Special Court for Sierra Leone

Justice Jon Kamanda of Sierra Leone has been re-elected to serve as President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).This will be his second term as the Presiding Judge of the appeals chamber, a post that automatically makes him the President of the SCSL.

Justice Emmanuel Ayoola of Nigeria, who previously served as the court's President, was re-elected as Vice-President.

The SCSL is an independent tribunal established jointly by Sierra Leone's Government and the United Nations in 2002.  It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed in Sierra Leone after November 30, 1996.

Last September, the eight prisoners convicted and held by the SCSL were transferred to Rwanda to serve their sentences because no prison in Sierra Leone meets the required international standards. The remaining trial, involving former president Charles Taylor, is continuing at The Hague, where it was moved for security reasons.

(adapted from a UN Press Release)


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