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Residual Special Court for Salone engages CSOs

March 18, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) yesterday engaged Civil Society Organisations on the operations of the court since it took over from the Special Court for Sierra Leone in December, 2013.

In a meeting conveyed at the Peace Museum, former Special Court premises on Jomo Kenyantta Road, in Freetown, Chief Prosecutor Brenda Hollis told CSO representatives that the statute of the court grants conditional early release to prisoners.

She explained that the sixteen judges of the RSCSL that were appointed in 2013 would not serve full time and that they would be on roster and may be called upon to exercise judicial functions in an ad hoc capacity as matters arise from legal obligations of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

“Some of their work includes the review of applications by convicts for early release of Special Court prisoners. The judges may also be called upon to preside over any contempt of court,” she explained.

Registrar of the Court, Ms. Binta Mansaray, said it was the responsibility of President of RSCSL, Kenyan born Justice Philip Nyamu Waki, to assign judges to preside over any matter within their jurisdiction.

The registrar touched on Moinina Fofana, who is currently before Justice Vivian M. Solomon on allegations of breaching the conditions of his early release from the Mpanga prison in Rwanda.

Fofana was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 15 years. He was conditionally released in March last year to serve his remaining prison terms in his home town of Bo after spending 12 years in detention.

The former Civil Defence Forces War Director was advised prior to his release not to drink alcohol, take part in politics or harass witnesses.

“The allegations before the court are that Mr. Fofana involved in local politics and has not been in close contact with his monitoring authorities among others,” the Registrar said.

Fofana may reunite with his co-convict Alieu Kundowai in Rwanda if the court found him guilty of the allegations or tightened the conditions of his release.

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