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UK donates £1 million to Special Court for Sierra Leone

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As part of support for Sierra Leone’s post-conflict recovery efforts, the UK government has provided a further £1 million to the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The grant will help the Court conclude the Charles Taylor trial in The Hague (which moves to closing arguments this week) and to move to residual functions in Sierra Leone quickly and efficiently; leaving a positive judicial legacy in the country.

The donation – coming at a crucial time in the business of the Court – underscores UK commitment and support to international criminal justice. British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Ian Hughes (in photo) said, “The Special Court for Sierra Leone has been a pioneer in international jurisprudence. It’s long, arduous task is coming to a close. It is important that its contribution to bringing elements of justice and closure to Sierra Leone includes leaving behind appropriate and sustainable arrangements for the implementation of its judgements. This grant will help to achieve that end”.

With long standing historical links and as a leading partner in Sierra Leone’s post-conflict recovery efforts, the UK government is committed to helping the country recover from its turbulent past, which the Special Court for Sierra Leone has played a major role to deliver. In conjunction with the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) findings, the success of the Special Court will help Sierra Leone establish itself as a peaceful, democratic and successful country.

British High Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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