Special Court for Sierra Leone nears completion of mandateListen /
In less than a year, the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is expected to complete its mandate.
It was established by the United Nations and the government of Sierra Leone to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes during the country's 11-year civil war which started in 1991.
The perpetrators of war crimes included leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels who gained notoriety for cutting off people's limbs.
It is estimated that about 50,000 people were killed during the eleven-year civil war.
Derrick Mbatha discussed the work of the court with its President Shireen Avis Fisher and the Registrar, Binta Mansaray when they were in New York recently to report to the Security Council.
He first asked Ms. Mansaray, a Sierra Leonean national, about the attitude of Sierra Leoneans towards the court.