25th July 2017
United Nations War Crimes Court Frees Sierra Leone Priest from Rwandan Jail!!
By a press release (09/06/17)
The United Nations war crimes court for Sierra Leone has granted conditional release to a Sierra Leonean High Priest after five years.
Reports say the former civil militia Initiator and High Priest, Alieu Kondewa is expected to leave his Rwandan jail in March next year, almost five years before his 20-year sentence expires, to serve the rest in his community. (Pictured: RUF leader Foday Sankoh, left, and AFRC leader Johnny Paul Koroma).
Priest Kondewa was convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Sierra Leone's civil war from 1991 to 2002. Among his restrictions, he must not engage in politics, hold secret meetings or approach or intimidate any of the witnesses who testified against him during his trial.
In the next 10 months before his release he will undergo behavioural training. He becomes the second prisoner to receive a conditional early release after his former colleague Moinina Fofana, which means there will be no more CDF militia members in prison.
Two former members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) group are still serving lengthy jail terms while one of their ranks, Alex Tamba Brima died of natural causes in his Rwandan jail.
Three members of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) including their spokesman Issa Sesay are also serving lengthy terms in prison. RUF leader Foday Sankoh also died in prison in Freetown.
In a related development, the former Liberia President Charles Taylor is still serving his 50- year time in a United Kingdom prison.
Credit: Umaru Fofana