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Special Court for Sierra Leone, RUF Trial, Update 98

Justice Sow and counsel
Friday, June 1, 2007

Executive Summary:

First accused, Issa Sesay, concluded direct examination early in the week. Prior to cross examination, Mr. Sesay’s Counsel, Wayne Jordash attempted to bring a motion to suppress certain anticipated Prosecution evidence. The Trial Chamber spent a great deal of time hearing arguments about whether or not it was timely to hear arguments on the substance of the motion. Ultimately, the Bench barred Defense from bringing the motion on the grounds that it was premature. The Court also disposed, somewhat obliquely, of the unresolved matter of translation irregularities raised late last week. After Mr. Jordash concluded direct examination of his client, Counsel for the co-accused proceeded with cross-examination for the remainder of the week.