Feature

War crimes

The week's news at a glance.

Freetown, Sierra Leone

A U.N. tribunal has indicted seven Sierra Leoneans on charges of committing war crimes during the country’s brutal, decade-long civil war, which ended last year. Rebel leader Foday Sankoh, who presided over such horrors as the maiming of toddlers, was among those charged. His rebel army terrorized villages by raping and mutilating the adults and kidnapping the children for use as soldiers. The children were often drugged before being sent into battle. Sankoh, the loser of the civil war, is at large. But the court also charged some of the winners with war crimes—including the interior minister, Sam Hinga Norman—and they are in custody. The special court, convened in the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown this week, is the first U.N. war-crimes tribunal to sit in the country where the crimes took place.

Recommended

Inside Biden's call with Putin
Biden and Putin.
let's meet

Inside Biden's call with Putin

Chilean lawmakers legalize gay marriage
Same-sex marriage demonstrators in Santiago.
equalidad

Chilean lawmakers legalize gay marriage

Biden and Putin meet
Putin and Biden.
let's meet

Biden and Putin meet

India's proud tradition of celebrating multiculturalism is facing a crisis
The Indian flag.
Arun A.K.

India's proud tradition of celebrating multiculturalism is facing a crisis

Most Popular

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP
Mace and Greene.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Mace vs. Greene is the fight for the future of the GOP

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin
Kathy Griffin
'I loved that gig'

Kathy Griffin slams CNN for firing her but not Jeffrey Toobin

The political risk in prosecuting an alleged shooter's parents
Karen McDonald.
Samuel Goldman

The political risk in prosecuting an alleged shooter's parents