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Sierra Leone rebel leader dies

Foday Sankoh, the leader of a 10-year terror campaign in Sierra Leone, has died while waiting to be tried for war crimes. The spokesperson for the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone told BBC News Online that he had died at 2240 GMT on Tuesday. Sources say he died from complications resulting from a stroke he suffered last year. Sankoh founded the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) which became notorious for mass rape and hacking off the hands, feet, ears and noses of thousands of civilians during a 10-year civil war, which ended last year. He was detained in 2000 and is believed to have died in Choithrams hospital in western Freetown where he has been since April after suffering a partial stroke. According to a statement from the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s chief prosecutor, David Crane, Sankoh’s death from natural causes granted him “a peaceful end that he denied to so many others”. The court last week rejected a request to drop murder charges against him on health grounds. Full Story

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