Sierra Leone's special war tribunal, which is backed by the United Nations, has found three former military leaders guilty on 11 counts of war crimes during the 1991-2002 civil war.
The verdicts on Wednesday were the first delivered by the Sierra Leone court in prosecutions arising from the conflict.
The tribunal was set up following the end of fighting in 2002 to prosecute the worst offenders in the conflict, which spilled into neighbouring Liberia.
The three defendants convicted on Wednesday in Freetown - Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu - were indicted in 2003 as the alleged leaders of the the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, which toppled Sierra Leone's government in a 1997 coup and then teamed up with armed groups to control the country, according to the indictment.
The court found them guilty on 11 counts that covered terrorising the civilian population, unlawful killings, rape, the use of child soldiers, abductions and forced labour, and looting.
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