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Surprise at Sierra Leone arrests

Sierra Leoneans have welcomed the speed with which the United Nations war crimes tribunal has indicted a senior government politician and two former rebel leaders. Those detained are the Sierra Leone Minister of Internal Affairs, Sam Hinga Norman, and former rebel leaders Issa Sesay and Morris Kallon of the Revolutionary United Front. The rebel leader Foday Sankoh, who was already in prison facing treason charges, was also transferred into the hands of the court. Sierra Leoneans had been expecting the first arrests to be made later this year. The United Nations set up the Sierra Leone tribunal to indict and try those considered to have the greatest responsibility for war crimes committed during 10 years of brutal conflict. The first hearings are due to start shortly. Full Story

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