Sierra Leone: Death penalty / legal concern: three soldiers sentenced to death

By Amnesty International, , Index number: AFR 51/010/1995

AI is concerned that three soldiers sentenced to death by a military court could be executed in the near future. They have no right of appeal to a higher court. Three border guards, whose names AI does not yet know, were sentenced to death by firing squad on 26 October after being convicted by a court-martial of murder, conspiracy and robbery. They were accused of shooting three civilians during a raid on a village in March 1995 and looting rice and other food. Trials before courts-martial allow no right of appeal to a higher court.

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