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

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

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Index Number: AFR 51/010/1995
Date Published: 30 October 1995
Categories: Africa, Sierra Leone

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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