The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.
Currently, the three cases heard in Freetown have been completed, including appeals. The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is nearing completion in The Hague.
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