Sam Hinga Norman, former Sierra Leone Internal Affairs Minister and former head of the Civil Defense Forces militia during the conflict in Sierra Leone, died on 22 February. A detainee of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Mr. Norman was flown to Dakar earlier this month for routine medical procedures. His death appears to be the result of heart failure during post-operative care. The verdict in the Mr. Norman’s case, where he was charged with 8 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, is pending. The President of the Special Court has ordered an inquiry into Mr. Norman’s death.