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Saturday, July 13, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: PRINCE JOHNSON ENDORSES ESTABLISHMENT OF WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT IN LIBERIA – SIGNS RESOLUTION

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – A landmark development unfolded today as the Liberian Senate, led by notable senators such as former rebel leader of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) and current Senator of Nimba County, Prince Johnson, alongside Thomas Yaya Nimely, former chairman of the Movement For Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), voiced their support for the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court.

Recently, the two former Liberian rebel leaders expressed their opposition to the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia.

General Prince Johnson, known for his controversial past, has issued threats suggesting that his former commandoes are contemplating responses to the court’s formation. Senator Nimely has also voiced his disapproval of the court’s creation.

Howbeit, the resolution, backed by a majority of senators, was signed by the two former rebel leaders and is currently en route to the House of Representatives for final concurrence. This bipartisan support underscores the urgency and necessity of addressing past atrocities and ensuring accountability for war and economic crimes. Specific amendments made during the Senate’s deliberations require the House’s concurrence.

Following the signing of the resolution, Senate Pro Tempore Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence expressed her satisfaction: “I am pleased to announce that twenty-seven out of twenty-nine Senators have signed a resolution endorsing the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Courts in Liberia. Thanks to Senators who have trusted in my leadership on why they should sign this resolution, and also thanks to those who have other views on this matter.”

She continued, “We have communicated with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, and members of the House of Representatives seeking their concurrence. We believe this decision will dispel the perception in the public that Members of The Liberian Senate are against establishing war and economic crimes courts. We believe this decision is the beginning of ending impunity in Liberia,” said Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence.

Importance of Establishing a War and Economic Crimes Court:

Establishing a war and economic crimes court in Liberia holds several critical benefits. Firstly, it would bring justice to victims of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the Liberian civil wars. Many individuals suffered atrocities during the conflict, yet many perpetrators have evaded accountability.

Secondly, it would serve as a deterrent against future war crimes and human rights abuses by sending a resolute message that such acts will not go unpunished.

Thirdly, it would foster reconciliation and healing in Liberia. The country still grapples with the legacy of the civil wars, and establishing a war crimes court could be pivotal in addressing the root causes of the conflicts and promoting national healing and unity.

Lastly, it would strengthen Liberia’s justice system and uphold the rule of law. Establishing a war crimes court necessitates enhancing capacity within the judiciary and legal system, which could bolster good governance, accountability, and transparency in Liberia in the long run.

However, the pursuit of justice has been a long-standing demand, particularly from victims of the 14-year civil war. In 1989, the Liberian Civil War erupted, driven by various rebel groups and government forces under President Samuel Doe. The conflict, ignited by the rebellion led by Charles Taylor, unleashed a decade-long cycle of brutality and suffering.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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