Foday Saybana Sankoh, the former leader of the Revolutionary United Front, was indicted on 7 March 2003. He was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Special Court by the Government of Sierra Leone, which had held him in detention since his arrest in May 2000. Prior to his transfer, Mr. Sankoh had suffered a series of strokes, and he physical condition was very poor. He died in hospital on 29 July 2003. On 8 December 2003 the Prosecutor withdrew the indictment against him.