President Ernest Koroma will today open the international conference at the Special Court, geared towards the need to consider residual issues that needed to be addressed after the court ends its judicial activities next year.
At the conference, questions such as identifying a specific mechanism to prosecute indictee Johnny Paul Koroma should he surface after the lifespan of the court will be discussed.
Also to be discussed are issues arising from the enforcement of sentences, how requests for a review of a judgment would be handled, and how witnesses who testified before the Special Court will be protected after the court closes and also matters relating to Special Court archives will be discussed.
This is the first time such a conference has been convened by an international court to find solutions to these problems, said Special Court Registrar Herman von Hebel.
“And it is taking place here because the Special Court is closer to completing its mandate than are the other tribunals. The issues we deal with here will eventually confront every international court as it ends its work, his conference therefore marks a significant milestone in international justice,” he noted.
He stated that among the experts attending this week’s conference will see officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Hon. Justice George Gelaga King, who is the president of the Special Court, will chair the meeting while it will be co-chaired by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations.