Kallon, Morris

Morris KallonMorris Kallon, alias Bilai Karim, was a Commander in the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and their joint forces called the Junta. It is reported that Morris Kallon, personally or in concert with other leaders of the RUF and the AFRC, exercised control, authority and command over subordinates in the RUF, the Junta and the armed forces of the RUF/AFRC from 1996 to 2003. Kallon commanded and participated in an armed campaign against civilians throughout the territory of Sierra Leone. The humanitarian assistance personnel as well as peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone were also targeted. The attacks included unlawful killings, physical and sexual violence, forced labour and enrolment to the army of abducted adults and children, looting and destruction of civilian property.

Morris Kallon was arrested and transferred to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on 10 March 2003. He is 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 Morris Kallon on 16 of the 18 charges against him, and sentenced him on 8 April 2009 to a maximum of 39 years' imprisonment.

On 26 October 2009, the Appeals Chamber unanimously upheld the conviction and sentence of Kallon on all 16 counts. On 31 October 2009, Kallon was transferred to Rwanda to serve his sentence, along with seven other persons convicted by the SCSL.

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