War Don Don

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 24 February 9.25pm

In the heart of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, United Nations soldiers guard a heavily fortified building known as the “special court.” Inside, Issa Sesay awaits his trial. Prosecutors say Sesay is a war criminal, guilty of crimes against humanity. His defenders say he is a reluctant fighter who protected civilians and played a crucial role in bringing peace to the country. War Don Don tells the story of a sensational trial with unprecedented access to prosecutors, defence attorneys, victims and from behind bars, Sesay himself. His alleged crimes are extensive and appalling, but some of the testimony against him comes from cooperating witnesses who are among the worst criminals in West Africa. The witnesses are paid, and not all of the proceedings are captured on public video. Can the Special Court provide a fair trial? International justice is on trial for the world to see.

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