Trial Monitoring

Special Court for Sierra Leone, RUF Trial, Update 35

May 06, 2005
Michelle Staggs
Special Court for Sierra Leone, RUF Trial, Update 35
Case or Series

RUF Trial

Case or Series

Special Court for Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone



The RUF trial resumed sitting on Tuesday this week after a ten-day adjournment, during which his Honour Judge Boutet conducted contempt proceedings for the five alleged contemnors in the AFRC trial. Proceedings were further cut short by a plenary meeting on Friday afternoon, hence reducing the usual four and one half-day week to two days and two half-days. A further two witnesses were called, bringing the number of Prosecution witnesses called thus far in the RUF trial to 32. A further 66 witnesses are slated to be heard from the Prosecution’s core witness list.

As the majority of the proceedings were conducted in closed session, a discussion of procedural issues dominate this report, with an overview of two rulings made by the Chamber being the most significant issues discussed this week.