MEDIA ADVISORY - JUNE 21, 2018

For further information, please contact Karim A. A. Khan on WhatsApp: +31 655 54 22 51.

A press conference will be held on Friday, June 22, to announce an important legal filing in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone relating to murder, rape, arbitrary detention, torture, and cruel and inhumane treatment committed in 1998 and 1999 by foreign troops stationed in Sierra Leone during its brutal civil war.

(See accompanying Notification to Press, below)

The case is led by Karim A. A. Khan QC of the UK and Shyamala Alagendra of Malaysia, who have assembled a team of national and international lawyers namely Ibrahim S. Yillah of Sierra Leone, Yusuphu Pam and Dr. Chidi Odinkalu of Nigeria, and Rishi Gulati of Australia.

The press conference will be held on Friday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in Freetown, Sierra Leone, at 56 Campbell Street, SLAJ, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists.

In attendance: 

* Karim A. A. Khan QC of the United Kingdom. (http://tgchambers.com/member-profile/karim-a-a-khan/)

* Sorious Samura, the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary “Cry Freetown.”

* Ibrahim Yillah, Sierra Leone counsel.

* Civilian claimants who were victimized by soldiers.

For further information, please contact Karim A. A. Khan. WhatsApp: +31 655 54 22 51. Email: karimahmadkhan@gmail.com

The following statement of support for the legal action is attributable to Paula Donovan, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World:

“Perhaps the only greater example of atrocity than armed soldiers brutalizing the civilians they're meant to protect is the betrayal of governments that refuse to hold the guilty accountable or to uphold the rights of citizens,” said Paula Donovan, Co-Director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World. “We stand in solidarity with the claimants and their lawyers as they pursue the justice that has eluded victims of these mind-numbing atrocities for far too long."  
 

Notification to Press

“Filing of cases seeking redress for violations of human rights and of the Constitution of Sierra Leone”

Please be informed that on Friday 22 June 2018 at 11am at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), 56 Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, you are invited to attend a press conference regarding 8 test cases that are being filed before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

The case is led by Karim A. A. Khan QC of the UK and   Shyamala Alagendra of Malaysia who have assembled a team of national and international lawyers namely Ibrahim S. Yillah of Sierra Leone, Yusuphu Pam and Dr. Chidi Odinkalu of Nigeria and Rishi Gulati of Australia.

The SCSL has concluded its primary mandate. Convictions have been entered in the Taylor, RUF, AFRC and CDF cases. There has been no effective accountability mechanism for abuses against civilians and nationals of Sierra Leone by foreign troops.

Enquiries long promised have failed to materialize. An important group of victims who have suffered massively have been ignored. Accordingly, the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone will on Friday 22 June 2018 be seized of a motion requesting that it exercise its original jurisdiction to safeguard the constitutional rights and provide redress to the victims who have filed cases before it.

The cases filed represent test cases. 8 cases have been filed covering murder, rape, arbitrary detention, torture and cruel treatment. A critical part of the cases will be open source and video evidence along with the testimony of survivors. Critically, Sorious Samura has given invaluable assistance by providing evidence including his documentary “cry Freetown” as well as never seen before “out takes” (recordings that have never been broadcast). Sorious Samura has also provided testimony to the lawyers to support the claims that will be filed on behalf of the victims.

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