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Sierra Leone truth body starts

The first public hearings are taking place in Sierra Leone of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, based on a similar body set up in South Africa after the end of apartheid. The Commission will take testimony from some 700 victims and participants in Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war which ended in 2001. But the body has not been given the power to grant amnesties. It will be chaired by a Bishop and will sit for three months, with hearings in the capital and in the provinces. The commission hearings are taking place at the same time as early indictments at a special UN war crimes court. A BBC correspondent has described the commission as an ambitious attempt to end the vicious cycle that characterises politics across much of Africa. Full Story

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