The petition is supported by compelling video evidence and witness testimony of summary executions, torture, cruel treatment, arbitrary detention and sexual abuse of Sierra Leonean civilians. Some of the violations included in the Petition were also featured in a public documentary “Cry Freetown” produced by Sourius Samura.
According to the press release, AFBA is expressing grave concern over alleged violations against Sierra Leone civilians.
Given the gravity of the allegations and the extreme nature of the suffering that has been allegedly inflicted on civilians, the AFBA has decided to intervene in this matter and it also considers various options of redress on behalf of the victims.
AFBA is also assuring the victims and the Lead Defence Counsel that it will do everything possible to ensure that justice is done, if investigations confirm the said atrocities. See statement below: