From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Special Court to be replaced
By Mohamed Kanu
Dec 9, 2010, 17:02

The Principal Special Court Prosecutor in the Charles Taylor trial, a senior legal practitioner in International Criminal Law, Brenda Hollis, on the 2nd of December, 2010 disclosed that the Special Court for Sierra Leone would be replaced by an individual court that will continue to prosecute and try other perpetrators behind the 11 years mayhem in the country that the Special Court will be unable to prosecute after its official mandate shall come to an end by 2012. She made this disclosure while giving a Public Lecture to students of the Mass Communications Department, Fourah Bay College in Freetown. Brenda Hollis referred to Sierra Leone as one of the most peaceful African states she has ever worked in considering the fact the people accepted in totality the establishment and existence of the Special Court.  She noted that the success of the Special Court was as a result of the recognition of the rule of law by the people of Sierra Leone as they wanted to see that perpetrators of the war brought to justice for their acts. “The court has established such legacies as leadership accountability and the assurance of the highest standard of coexistence in the country,” she concluded.



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