Former Defence investigator Brima Samura was charged with disclosing the name a protected witness in knowing violation of a protective order. He was found not guilty after the prosecution failed to prove he was aware of the order.
Contempt Trial Timeline
9 March 2005 - A protected witness is threatened after testifying in the AFRC trial.
10 March 2005 - Trial Chamber II orders the Registrar to appoint an Independent Investigator.
16 March 2005 - The independent investigator submits his confidential report to the Trial Chamber.
29 April 2005 - The Trial Chamber issues an order in lieu of an indictment charging Brima Samura with one count of contempt.
2 May 2005 - Justice Pierre Boutet is designated as Single Judge to hear the case.
4 May 2005 - At his initial appearance, Brima Samura pleads not guilty to the charge.
5 May 2005 - The trial opens in Freetown. Three witnesses testify for the Prosecution; Brima Samura testifies as the sole witness in his defence.
6 May 2005 - The trial concludes.
26 October 2005 - Judgement. Justice Boutet finds that Samura disclosed the name of a protected witness, but that the Independent Counsel had not dealt with the necessary element of mens rea, or intent. Samura is acquitted and discharged.