Kamara, Brima Bazzy

Brima Bazzy KamaraBrima Bazzy Kamara was a senior member of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the Junta and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) involved in hostilities in Sierra Leone. Previously, he belonged to the Sierra Leone Army. In May 1997, together with a group of the AFRC soldiers, Kamara planned and participated in the overthrow of the government of President Kabbah. Shortly after this Coup d'État, the AFRC formed a coalition with the rebel RUF movement. During the AFRC/RUF regime from 1997-1998, their troops organised violent rides against the civilian population. Brima Bazzy Kamara held a leadership position within the alliance at that time. The attacks involved summary executions, mutilations, pillaging, abductions, and rapes, forced labour and the enlistment and use of child soldiers. Their aim was to terrorise the civilian population and to punish it for the purported passive support given to the government of President Kabbah. The UN peacekeeping forces were also targeted. Brima Bazzy Kamara was also one of the Commanders who led the attack against Freetown in 1999, notable for the great number of atrocities committed against the civilian population.

Brima Bazzy Kamara was arrested and transferred to the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 29 May 2003. The indictment against him listed 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The joint trial of Alex Tamba Brima, Santigie Borbor Kanu and Brima Bazzy Kamara started on 7 March 2005. On 20 June 2007, all three co-defendants were found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the SCSL. On 19 July 2007 Kamara was sentenced to 45 years of 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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