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Court Opens Sierra Leone War-Crimes Cases

Calling it a “tale of horror,” a U.N.-sponsored war crimes court opened the first trials Monday for rebel military commanders accused in a vicious 10-year campaign for control of diamond-rich Sierra Leone. Onlookers in the tightly guarded courtroom muttered as the court detailed the allegations in an 18-count joint indictment — systematic killings, rapes, enslavement of child soldiers and mutilation with machetes. Prosecutors also described a network of foreign backing for the rebels, including training and forces from Liberia’s then-President Charles Taylor and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Full Story

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