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Title: SIERRA LEONE SPECIAL COURT SEEKING MORE MONEY AND

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DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W, DRL AND S/WCI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/12/2017 
TAGS: KAWC KDEM PHUM PINR PREL SL
SUBJECT:  SIERRA LEONE SPECIAL COURT SEEKING MORE MONEY AND 
TIME 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Perry for reasons 1 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary and action request: In a meeting with 
Ambassador and emboffs on October 10, Prosecutor for the 
Special Court for Sierra Leone, Stephen Rapp, reviewed the 
budget and timeline for the Special Court. Rapp expects that 
the court will require at least an additional $49 million to 
continue its work through 2009, but he added that at the 
current rate of progress the court may have to continue its 
work into 2010. His projections are that the total cost of 
the Court will be in the range of $200 million to prosecute 
13 indictees during an eight year period. Rapp explained that 
he has been in contact with a number of donor governments to 
seek additional contributions for the court. He suggested 
that the U.S. government could contact other donor 
governments. The Ambassador stressed that it is important to 
show progress in the work of the Court. Embassy suggests the 
Department continue efforts to coordinate with other donors 
to identify funding for the Court's work, while recognizing 
the need to encourage the Court to wrap up its work in a 
timely manner.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (C) On October 10, Ambassador Perry, DCM and poloff met 
with Stephen Rapp, Prosecutor for the Special Court for 
Sierra Leone, and Jeremy Waiser, Special Assistant to the 
Prosecutor. Rapp provided an overview of the work of the 
court and its current funding needs. He explained that since 
its establishment in 2002, the Court has indicted 13 
individuals, and tried 10 cases. (Two individuals died in 
custody, and one has yet to be located.) Rapp noted that the 
work of the Court has been slower than some had hoped, and 
explained that turnover of personnel and health problems had 
played a part in this. In some cases, the entire prosecution 
team had turned over between the commencement of the case and 
the conclusion. Rapp explained that some recent actions may 
help to speed the work of the Court, notably since last month 
Judges on the Appeals Court are working full time rather than 
part time. 
 
¶3. (C) Ambassador Perry said that while there is widespread 
goodwill of the Court in the U.S. and support on the Hill, it 
is important to demonstrate that progress is being made. 
Budget limitations meant that funding for the court comes at 
the expense of other programs in Sierra Leone and Africa. It 
appears that 40 per cent of the funding for the Court has 
come from the U.S. 
 
4.(C) Addressing the question of financing the work of the 
court, Rapp provided a copy of the Court's completion budget 
summary (Copy will be emailed to AF/W). Projections in 
summary are that the court will need $36 million in 2007, $33 
million in 2008 and $20 million in 2009.  Of this total 
requirement of $89 million, donors have provided about $40 
million (including a recent US contribution of $13 million), 
but $49 million is still needed. Rapp allowed that at the 
current rate of work, the Court may have to continue into 
¶2010. 
 
¶5. (C) The Prosecutor said that he has been meeting with 
donor governments, including the French, Danes, Norwegians 
and others in an effort to secure more funding. He had been 
hopeful that the new French government would be more 
forthcoming, but it appears France will contribute only Euros 
500,000. The Danish government had responded that it would 
like to move on to other projects, but Rapp is hopeful of 
getting an increased contribution. In meeting with the German 
government, Rapp said that he had argued that now that Japan 
has joined the ICC, Germany could divert some of its spending 
on international justice to the Sierra Leone Court.  The 
Prosecutor said he would like to get more cooperation from 
African countries including Nigeria, and mentioned that he 
was open to the idea of using assets recovered from Charles 
Taylor to cover costs of Taylor's defense or to compensate 
victims.  Rapp suggested it would be helpful to have the U.S. 
continue to coordinate and work with other partners to fund 
the Court. 
 
¶6. (C) The Prosecutor said that the Charles Taylor case is 
likely to run into 2010, given that 12 to 18 months will be 
needed to present evidence and that appeals are likely after 
 
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that. He noted that the cost of Taylor's defense is  costing 
about $100,000 per month. Rapp justified the cost of the 
court by noting that public perceptions of the Court is very 
positive in Sierra Leone. He admitted that the court is seen 
less favorably in Liberia, and observed that among the donor 
community, "those who know the Court the best are often the 
most critical." 
 
¶7. (C) Comment: Embassy believes that coordination with other 
donors has merit, and such coordination offers an opportunity 
to present the Court with a unified message that the Court 
should wrap up its work in a timely manner, limiting 
expenditures where possible. End comment. 
 
PERRY