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Special Court of Sierra Leone closes its door after completing mandate
December 5, 2013
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Monday officially handed over its premises to the Sierra Leone government in its final act of its 11-year existence. The court was created in 2002 by the UN and Sierra Leone's government for the purpose of trying eight former Sierra Leonean militia leader....... [more]

ECJ rules sexual-orientation persecution grounds for EU asylum
November 7, 2013
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that gay people who live in African countries where they could be persecuted for their sexuality have grounds for asylum in the EU. The decision came after the Netherlands asked the ECJ for advice regarding three Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal cit....... [more]

Charles Taylor transferred to UK prison to serve 50-year sentence
October 15, 2013
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was transferred on Tuesday from The Hague to a British prison, where he will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes. Taylor has been convicted of aiding rebels who committed atrocities, including terrorism, rape and murder, during the civil war in Sierra L....... [more]

Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence upheld on appeal
September 26, 2013
The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Liberian president Charles Taylor of his convictions for war crimes committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone. According to press release from the court, Taylor's lawyers appealed his convi....... [more]

Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years for war crimes
May 30, 2013
On May 30, 2012, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The Special Court of Sierra Leone (SPSL) issued the sentence after Taylor was found guilty of planning as well as aiding and abetting crimes co....... [more]

Charles Taylor defense investigator sentenced for contempt
February 16, 2013
Prince Taylor, an investigator for the Charles Taylor defense team in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was sentenced Thursday to two years on each of four counts of interfering with witnesses who had testified in the Charles Taylor trial, and 30 months for interfering with Eric Senessie, wh....... [more]

Charles Taylor begins appeal of war crimes convictions
January 22, 2013
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday began his appeal in The Hague against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Taylor's 42-point appeal states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) made "systematic....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court sentences four for contempt
October 12, 2012
The Special Court for the Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Friday sentenced four men to prison terms ranging from 18 months to 2 years on contempt charges stemming from allegations of witness tampering. Three of the men were convicted last month after a fourth suspect, Samuel Kargbo, plead guilty and testifie....... [more]

Charles Taylor defense investigator arrested on contempt charges
October 8, 2012
A investigator for the Charles Taylor defense team in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was arrested Saturday on charges of contempt. Prince Taylor is accused of interfering with four prosecution witnesses who testified in the Charles Taylor trial and interfering with a fifth person who was....... [more]

Why the Special Court for Sierra Leone Should Establish an Independent Commission to Address Alternate Judge Sow's Allegation in the Charles Taylor Case
October 1, 2012
JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law examines allegations made by Alternate Judge El Hadji Malick Sow at the end of Charles Taylor's trial and argues for the establishment of an independent, fact-finding commission to promote transparency and public confid....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court convicts three of contempt
September 26, 2012
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Tuesday found three members of Sierra Leone's former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) guilty of contempt. Santigie Borbor Kanu and Hassan Papa Bangura were convicted of two counts of "interfering with the administration of justice by offering a....... [more]




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