Sierra Leone

Edging closer to end of mandate, UN-backed court hands over prison to Sierra Leone

The United Nations-backed tribunal trying the worst acts committed during the decade-long brutal civil war in Sierra Leone today transferred its detention centre to the national prison service.

Sierra Leonean judge elected head of UN-backed war crimes tribunal

A Sierra Leonean judge has taken over as the new President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst acts committed during the long and brutal civil war in the West African nation.

Sierra Leone: eight men found guilty of war crimes transferred to Rwanda

Eight men found guilty by a United Nations-backed court of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's brutal decade-long civil war have been transferred to Rwanda to serve their sentences.

UN-backed court hands down final rulings in Sierra Leone

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has upheld the convictions and sentences passed on three former rebels in the last judgment by the tribunal to be handed down in the West African nation.

Road to peace and democracy in Sierra Leone will be bumpy, warns UN official

Although Sierra Leone had embarked on a remarkable journey towards a stable, peaceful and democratic country, this journey will be bumpy, long and even, at times, dangerous, the top United Nations official in the West African nation warned today.

UN names Sierra Leonean to top post in court trying war crimes in his homeland

For the first time a Sierra Leonean is serving as acting prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court trying those accused of violating international humanitarian law and national law in the civil war that tore the West African country apart between 1996 and 2001.

More must be done to consolidate peace in Sierra Leone, says Ban

Greater efforts are needed by all Sierra Leoneans to build on the momentum generated by the signing of a key peace pact that led to the cessation of political violence earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a new report released today.

Officials from UN-backed court appeal for resources to finish Sierra Leone trials

Top officials from the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today appealed to States for the necessary resources to conclude its work, including the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, and deliver justice to thousands of victims.

Date set for former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s defence at UN-backed trial

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone today announced that lawyers for the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, will begin their defence against charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity on 13 July.

Sierra Leone: efforts to consolidate peace, prosperity remain fragile – Ban

Despite some impressive gains in rebuilding Sierra Leone seven years after the end of its brutal civil war, the situation in the West African nation remains fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.