Issa Sesay Did Not Know Charles Taylor Wanted To Kill …

Issa Sesay was sentenced to 52 years, Morris Kallon to 40 years and Augustine Gbao to 25 years.

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Issa Hassan Sesay, also known as Issa Sesay was a senior officer and Commander in the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and their joint forces called the Junta, operating within Sierra Leone from 1993 to 2003. During this period, the RUF and the AFRC, acting in concert with, or under the orders of Sesay, allegedly carried out armed attacks against civilian population as well as humanitarian assistance personnel and United Nations peacekeepers throughout the territory of Sierra Leone. These raids were primarily designed to terrorise the civilian population and consisted of unlawful killings, physical and sexual violence, looting of property, abductions of girls and women for sexual slavery and enforced recruitment of child soldiers.

The indictment against Issa Hassan Sesay was issued on 7 March 2003 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) and he was arrested three days later. Hassan Sesay was charged on the basis of individual responsibility with 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. On 25 February 2009 the SCSL in Freetown convicted Issa Hassan Sesay on 16 of the 18 counts against him and in the highest sentence given by the Court, Sesay was sentenced to a total of 52 years’ imprisonment for his 16 convictions on 8 April 2009.

As the commander of the rebel forces in the North, Issa Sesay presided over the murder of UN peacekeepers and the rape and mutilation of our people.

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Sankoh is now supposedly out of the equation and if Issa Sesay wants to show the world the RUF is sincerely up for peace and he is not just another pawn in Charles Taylor's brutal game, his first gesture should be mass unconditional disarmament and demobilisation of his forces.

Adzei,GhanaEven Issa Sesay, be he the RUF leader or not, shouldn't be excluded from the sins of the RUF.

Earlier this week, his lawyers called for the dismissal of the charges saying the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence of his link with the abuses.