No new death sentences were passed by ordinary courts. Nine men and three women - Sia Beke, Mankaprie Kamara and Nallay Foday - remained on death row. Five of the men had been on death row for six years.
- In October, the conviction against Marie Sampa Kamara, who had been sentenced to death for murder, was overturned and she was released.
In August, a member of the military convicted after a court martial for a killing was sentenced to death by firing squad. Under martial law, the President must sign the death sentence; this had not happened by the end of the year.
In October, President Koroma called for the death penalty to be imposed for armed robbery. However, no further action was taken.
Amnesty International visit/reports
In September, Amnesty International delegates, including the Secretary General, visited Sierra Leone. They toured the country for 12 days to raise awareness about the high rate of maternal mortality and related issues, and met senior government officials including the Minister of Health, Minister of Gender and Vice-President.
Sierra Leone: Lives cut short - make pregnancy and childbirth safer (28 May 2009)
Sierra Leone: President Koroma must commute all death row prisoners (27 April 2009)
Sierra Leone: Out of reach - the cost of maternal health in Sierra Leone (22 September 2009)
Sierra Leone: End maternal mortality - join our campaign (25 September 2009)
Sierra Leone: Investment in the health sector needed to implement free care policy (16 November 2009)