The remains of the late Alex Tamba Brima aka Gullit, a Special Court convict and Former member of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been handed over to the family after an autopsy conducted in King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda, where he passed away.

Alex Tamba Brima

According to the autopsy, the cause of death of Brima was “thrombotic peripheral arterial disease with gangrene of both feet.” Research conducted about thrombotic peripheral arterial disease shows that this is a type of disease that is caused by the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel, obstructing the flow of blood through the circulatory system.

Medical research further shows that gangrene which Gullit suffered from is a type of necrosis caused by a critically insufficient blood supply, and this is a potentially life-threatening condition which may occur after an injury or infection, or in people suffering from any chronic health problem affecting blood circulation.

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According to a release from the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone Alex Tamba Brima was hospitalised in Kigali on 1st May 2016, and Doctors had advised him that, due to the gangrene, they would need to amputate his feet in order to save his life, a procedure which was available in Rwanda. “Brima refused, and said he would only agree to treatment if he were taken to Europe or North America”.

Gullit was convicted on 20th June 2007 on eleven counts, including for acts of terrorism, collective punishments, extermination, murder (a crime against humanity), murder (a war crime), rape, outrages upon personal dignity, physical violence, conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups, or using them to participate actively in hostilities, enslavement, and pillage. He was sentenced to a 50 years in prison, with credit given for time served from March 2003. On 22 February 2008 the Appeals Chamber upheld both his conviction and his sentence.

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His remains were returned past Saturday to Freetown, where it was turned over to family members by officials of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone.

He, died on 9th June 2016 at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, and had served 13 years of a 50-year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Sierra Leone’s eleven-year civil war. He becomes the third person to die at the hands of the Special Court for Sierra Leone following the deaths of Foday Sankoh and Hinga Norman.