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Sierra Leone court needs more funds to try killers

A Sierra Leone court is running out of money to try nine suspects accused of heinous crimes — chopping off arms and legs, raping, enslaving girls and forcing boys to kill. The president of the court, Justice George Gelaga King of Sierra Leone, and the prosecutor, American Stephen Rapp, told the U.N. Security Council on Friday they expected to wrap up trials and appeals by the end of 2009. But King said available funds of the court’s $89 million (45.2 million pounds) budget would be exhausted by November. And Rapp said another $60 million was needed from voluntary contributions. Full Story

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