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Rebels face Sierra Leone tribunal

A UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone has begun hearing the first cases against members of the rebel Revolutionary United Front. The RUF is blamed for killings, rapes and abductions during a decade of civil war that ended in 2002. But the first three defendants – who include the RUF’s final military leader Issa Sesay – are refusing to acknowledge the court’s legitimacy. About 50,000 people were killed, and many more maimed and raped in the war. The RUF’s internal security chief, Augustine Gbao, and a key battlefield commander, Morris Kallon, are on trial alongside Mr Sesay. The RUF’s campaign of violence included hacking off the limbs of civilians as a trademark act of terror. Full Story

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