Allieu Kondewa Completes Sentence, is Free From the Jurisdiction of the Court Allieu Kondewa, the former Civil Defence Forces (CDF) High Priest and Initiator, completed his 20-year sentence on Sunday and as of Monday is officially free from the custody of the Residual Special Court.
He is the second person convicted by the Special Court to complete his sentence. The former CDF Director of War, Moinina Fofana, completed his 15-year sentence and was discharged in May 2018.
Kondewa was convicted by the Special Court for murder, cruel treatment and pillage (war crimes), and murder and inhumane acts (crimes against humanity). On 31 October 2009 he was transferred to Mpanga Prison in Rwanda to serve his sentence.
On 18 June 2018, after serving two-thirds of his sentence and completing training on correct behaviour as a citizen of Sierra Leone, the President of the Residual Special Court issued an order granting Kondewa conditional early release. On 7 July 2018 he was transferred from Mpanga Prison to Sierra Leone to serve the remainder of his sentence in Bo. He was subject to strict conditions and monitoring, from which he is now freed.
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone is responsible for the ongoing legal obligations of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which concluded its mandate in December 2013. These include supervision of prison sentences, witness protection and support, maintenance and preservation of the archives, and assistance to national prosecution authorities.
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