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Sierra Leone tribunal seeks additional funding from UN

[JURIST] Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola [profile], President of the Special Court of Sierra Leone [official website], the tribunal created by the UN to hear cases of serious crimes committed during the West African country's civil war, warned [SCSL statement, PDF] the UN Security Council Tuesday that the court was close to financial crisis. The justice asked for $40 million in financial support and urged the Council [press release] to assist in maintaining security and securing the transfer of indictees still at large, including former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile], and the leader of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, Paul Koroma. Council members expressed [statement by Security Council President Ellen Margrethe Loj] their strong support of the court and urged other UN states to make voluntary contributions. UN News Centre has more.

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