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Foday Sankoh

BACKGROUND: Foday Saybana Sankoh a.k.a. Popay a.k.a. Papa a.k.a. Pa of Masang Mayoso, Tonkolili District, Republic of Sierra Leone. Sankoh served in Armed Forces of the Republic of Sierra Leone as a corporal with special training as a Signals Operator. He was the leader of RUF.


CHARGES*: Sankoh was charged with 17 counts of war crimes, including: terrorizing the civilian population, collective punishments, unlawful killings, sexual violence, physical violence, use of child soldiers, abductions and forced labor, looting and burning, and attacks on UNAMSIL personnel.

Indicted March 7, 2003 with 17 counts of war crimes including crimes against humanity.

July 29, 2003. Foday Sankoh, 65, died at Choithrams Hospital in Freetown where he was undergoing medical treatment after being indicted on 17 counts of crimes against humanity. Sankoh was moved from the Sierra Leone Special Court detention center to the Freetown hospital following a stroke. The court's chief prosecutor, American David Crane, said Sankoh's death from natural causes granted him "a peaceful end that he denied to so many others."


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