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23 March 2017 14:15 (South Africa)

Special court upholds jail terms for Sierra Leone rebels

Sierra Leone’s UN-backed special court upheld the jail terms imposed on three former rebels for crimes committed during the country's 1991-2002 civil war. As the most senior surviving members of the Revolutionary United Front, the group that started the conflict, they were sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity. These included recruiting child soldiers and attacking peacekeepers. The dismissal of the appeals still leaves Charles Taylor, the former president of neighbouring Liberia, which had its own civil war, to face the Freetown court on charges of fuelling Sierra Leone’s conflict by supplying weapons in exchange for “blood diamonds”.
Read more: Reuters

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