AFP, 20 March 2009
FREETOWN (AFP) — Up to eight people sentenced by Sierra Leone’s war crimes court can serve their sentences in a new Rwandan prison under a deal with Kigali, the court said Friday.
Signed in the Rwandan capital Wednesday, the deal offers one answer to where to send prisoners convicted by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, since local jails do not meet United Nations standards. The court has been in negotiations to have other African countries accept them.
Rwanda’s newly built Mpanga prison has a special wing to house those convicted by the separate Tanzanian-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which judges suspects in the east African country’s 1994 genocide.
It is setting aside several places for those sentenced by the Sierra Leone court.