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The Massaquoi Affair: the Finnish model put to the test

In February, a Finnish court began the trial of Gibril Massaquoi, a former commander and spokesman for the Sierra Leonean rebellion, accused of crimes against humanity committed in Liberia twenty years ago. However, the Finnish method profoundly disrupts the traditional way of exercising universal jurisdiction. The court decided to relocate to Liberia and then to Sierra Leone to hear most of the witnesses. The model is attractive, but does it meet the expectations it has raised and is it easily replicable? The evidence provided to date in the case also raises many questions. Justice Info offers exclusive coverage of this symbolic and unusual trial.

Massaquoi: the battle of the alibi plays out in Sierra Leone
At full speed over the last ten days, a Finnish Court has heard 18 witnesses in the trial of rebel Revolutionary United Front member Gibril Massaquoi, accused of committing war crimes in neighbouring Liberia, in a series of hearing held in his native Sierra Leone. The defence is trying to strengthen his alibi.
By Kelvin Lewis, correspondence from Freetown (Sierra Leone)
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Massaquoi trial in Liberia
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