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First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

On 20th June 2007, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has reached its first verdicts. According to a press release (here) three former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been found guilty on 11 grounds. These were the following:   Count 1 (acts of terrorism) Count 2 (collective punishments) Count 3 (extermination) Count 4 (murder, a crime against humanity) Count 5 (murder, a war crime) Count 6 (rape) Count 9 (outrages upon personal dignity) Count 10 (physical violence, a war crime) Count 12 (conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces…