Indictment Profiles   

Photo: Special Court for Sierra Leone

Alex Tamba Brima

BACKGROUND: Alex Tamba Brima aka Tamba Alex Brima aka Gullit of Yaryah Village, Kono District, Republic of Sierra Leone. Brima was a Staff Sergeant in the Sierra Leone Army and then served as a Public Liaison Officer in the AFRC.  Was a member of the junta governing body.

CHARGES*: He is charged with 17 counts of war crimes, including unlawful killings, crimes against humanity, sexual violence, physical violence, use of child soldiers, abductions and forced labor, looting and burning and attacks on UNAMSIL personnel.

Brima was indicted March 7, 2003 for crimes against humanity and other war crimes. Pled not guilty at his initial court appearance on March 17.

As of June, 2003, Brima remains in custody at the Special Court detention facility on Bonthe Island. On May 27, 2003 Brima claimed to be on a hunger strike, but prison authorities say he is eating normally.


*For more information about the charges, go to the glossary.