The Charles Taylor Trial and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

ICTJ, Mohamad Suma
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The Special Court for Sierra Leone-which began with the hope that it would be accessible to millions of Sierra Leoneans- has fallen short of its domestic goals. The decision to try Taylor in The Hague, rather than in Freetown, and the lack of adequate outreach activities made the court’s proceedings difficult to access for many in Sierra Leone and thus greatly lessened its impact upon the populace.