17 March 2003

Sierra Leone: Gen. Mosquito, Johnny Paul Wanted ... Foday Sankoh Mute On War Crimes Charges

Monrovia — The notorious Frontline commander of the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) Sam Bokarie, alias "General Mosquito" and former Junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma are wanted by the War Crime Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone. But the two men are said to be on the run.

The two men were among many including former RUF leader Foday Sankoh and former Kamajor head and Interior Minister Sam Hagal Normal have already been indicted for war crimes for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians during the ten-year bloody civil war in Sierra Leone.

The war, according to the international community was one of the most brutal conflicts modern Africa history.

The former RUF leader, Foday Sankoh appeared before the War Crime Court last Saturday. Reports said Mr. Sankoh appeared frail and could not answer to questions posed to him by the judges.

The court requested a medical examination to determine Foday Sankoh's health condition.

On the other hand, General Mosquito and Johnny Paul Koroma are reported to be running from justice. The two men apparently fled Sierra Leone as their whereabouts are unknown.

However, the BBC reported that the head of the Court, David Crang seems to be very determined to get the them.

He told the BBC last week that the wanted men will not escape and would be caught at all cost.

Mr. Crang then called on authorities of counties that the men may be hiding to hand them over to the Court.

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