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Vol 48 No 15

Published 20th July 2007


Sierra Leone

Justice at a price

The court that is trying Sierra Leone's war-crimes is costly and, so far, not very effective

The Special Court for Sierra Leone is well past its sell-by date. Intended to last only three years, until 2005, the SCSL now aims to wind up at the end of 2009. Having spent US$90 million in 2003-06, it needs $89 mn. more to see it through from 2007 to 2009. Current funds will run out in October and $60 mn. remains to be found. The Court is a hybrid court formed under an agreement between the Sierra Leone government and United Nations, relying on voluntary contributions, and raises much of its money by fund-raising trips.

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