In her two-hour verdict, Ugandan born Justice Julia Sebutinde cataloged the crimes, which the three convicts had committed during the bloody reign of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council in Freetown and the provinces.
The three Alex Tamba Brima (Gullit), Brima (Bazzy) Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu (55) had been facing 14 count charges for war crimes ranging from terrorism, rape, murder, pillaging to use of child soldiers.
Justice Sebutinde detailed how at least 1,145 people were killed and over 237 amputated.
She pointed out individual instances in which each of the three had personally murdered amputated or ordered their men to burn people’s homes, which they referred to in one instance as lighting the war candles.
Mention was made of the bloody attack on Freetown where she said Santigie Borbor Kanu had taken out ECOMOG soldiers from State house and had personally shot one of them.
Dressed in sleek European suits, 55 and Bazzy in black and Gullit in grey they stood silently in the dock as the Presiding Judge read out their convictions.
The first and second indictees were found guilty on 11 of the 14 count charges, not guilty on count 11 which deals with other inhumane acts and no conviction was entered for counts 7 and 8 which deals with sexual slavery and other inhumane acts under sexual violence.
This was the same conviction entered for Brima Bazzy Kamara but 3rd accused Santigie Borbor Kanu was found guilty on 12 counts and no conviction was entered for counts 7 and 8.
The Judges had dismissed count 7 saying “it was bad for duplicity”.
The three now have to wait until July 16th for their sentencing.
This is the first time that an international court has handed down a conviction for use of child soldiers.