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Special Court for Sierra Leone, RUF Trial, Update 52

August 05, 2005
Michelle Staggs
Special Court for Sierra Leone, RUF Trial, Update 52
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RUF Trials

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Special Court for Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone



Proceedings in the final week of the RUF trial continued primarily in closed session, with the continued cross-examination of Witness TF1-036 dominating the proceedings. The prosecution called a further two crime-base witnesses in open session on Tuesday, bringing the total number of witnesses called thus far in the RUF trial to forty-three. The witnesses primarily testified to alleged attacks by the RUF on towns and villages in the Koinadugu district during 1998 and 1999.

The Chamber rested on Thursday 4 August for its summer recess, concluding its fifth trial session for the RUF trial. The CDF trial will resume for one day in September, in order for the Chamber to hear oral submissions relating to the defense’s motions for acquittal. Proceedings in the RUF trial have been adjourned until October 2005 and will subsequently continue until the Chamber rests for its winter recess in December.