Brima, Alex Tamba

Alex Tamba BrimaAlex Tamba Brima was a senior member of the AFRC, Juta and the AFRC/RUF forces in Sierra Leone. He belonged to a group of the AFRC soldiers which staged the coup and ousted the democratically elected government of President Kabbah in May 1997. Shortly after this Coup d’Etat, the AFRC formed an alliance with a rebel movement RUF (Revolutionary United Front). At the time the AFRC/RUF coalition was in power its armed forces organised attacks against the civilian population. The attacks were notable for summary executions, mutilations, pillaging, abductions, and rapes, forced labour and by the enlistment and use of child soldiers. The aim of these attacks was to terrorise the civilian population and to punish it for support given to the regime of President Kabbah. The UN peacekeeping forces were also targeted. During  this time, Alex Tamba Brima was considered to have held a leadership position within the AFRC/RUF alliance.

Alex Tamba Brima was indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 7 March 2003. He was charged with 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Alex Tamba Brima was arrested and transferred to the SCSL on 10 March 2003.

At his initial court appearances on 15 and 17 March 2003, he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. On 20 June 2007, Alex Tamba Brima and his co-defendants were found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the SCSL. On 19 July he was sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment. This sentence was confirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 22 February 2008.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone's Appeals Judgment in the AFRC case
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