SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE
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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]

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]

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]

Charles Taylor appeals war crimes convictions
July 19, 2012
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Thursday appealed his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Taylor's appeal states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) made "systematic errors" in evaluating evidence and re....... [more]

Sierra Leone war crimes court convicts former RUF member of witness tampering
June 22, 2012
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Thursday convicted former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) member Eric Senessie on eight of nine counts for witness tampering. Four counts alleged that he had bribed witnesses who testified against the former Liberian president Charles Taylor to recant th....... [more]

Charles Taylor to appeal war crimes conviction
June 19, 2012
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will appeal his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone, his lawyers notified the court on Monday. In a brief filing with the Special Court for Sierra Leone his lawyers informed the court that an official....... [more]




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