5 avril 2013

ACTU : SCSS, Independent Counsel v. Bangura, Kargbo, Kanu and Kamara (Judgment in Contempt Proceedings) (March 21, 2013)

Catherine MAIA

The Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSS) upheld the convictions and sentences of three former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) leaders. The three-judge panel rejected the appeals of contempt for interference with prosecution witnesses.

Ibrahim Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu appealed their September 2012 convictions for "knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice" by interfering with prosecution witnesses who had testified against them in their trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Samuel Kargbo, who entered into a plea agreement and resultantly pled guilty to the charges in July of 2011, "appealed what he alleged was the trial judge's failure to order protective measures for him."

According to the Court's Press Release, Kamara's appeal was dismissed as incompetent on the grounds that he failed "to stipulate 'the grounds on which the appeal was made'." Kanu's appeal was dismissed because "several, if not all, of his grounds of appeal suffer from . . . deficiencies." Finally, Kargbo's appeal was also dismissed as incompetent because "it was not an appeal either against conviction or against sentence, and thus did not fall with the appellate jurisdiction of Appeals Chamber." The Court thus affirmed the sentences imposed by the Trial Chamber.

Source : ASIL

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