The International Justice Group (IJG) war crimes investigators in the United States. South Africa, Europe and Canada say they have discovered about 73 Liberian war and economic criminals residing in the US, Canada and other parts of Europe.
Convicted NPFL Spokesman Tom Woewiyu and Former Rebel INPFL Commander Prince Johnson
According to the IJG Investigators, the individuals listed in the West African country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report are living under different disguises and names to avoid detection and apprehension by authorities for the roles in the Liberian civil war.
They are from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), National Patriotic Front of of Liberia (NPFL), Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) and the Liberia Peace Council (LPC).
Others in hiding are from the Lofa Defense Force (LDF), MODEL, ULIMO-J, ULIMO-K and the LURD rebel factions.
The accused were involved in heinous atrocities committed between April 14, 1979 up to 2003. A team of international investigators was in Liberia in June to conclude the final stages of investigation of these individuals, a source said.
Some of the non combatants and victims of the Liberia civil conflict included the following:
Mr. & Ms. Samuel Greene
R. Vanjah Richards
Mr & Ms. Johnny Nah
Doris Toweh Gballah
Samuel Tody and
Jackson F. Doe
David Q. Livingstone
Gabriel Kpolleh and
Still other victims are:
Wuo Garbe Tappia
Exodus Kerdoe and
Thousands in Liberia and Sierra and nationals of other countries who are not listed were murdered by the rebel factions in violation of the four Geneva Conventions which protect people who were not (or were no longer) taking part in hostilities, including the sick and wounded, prisoners of war, and civilians.
Since submission of the TRC Report and recommendations, in 2009 to the Liberian government, no one has been held to account for their roles in war and economic crimes.
Local and international pressure is building on the Weah government to favorably respond to calls to establish a war crimes tribunal.
The International Justice Group (IJG) earlier this week said, “Under international justice, President Weah’s clear refusal poses serious consequences for Liberia’s prosperity in many ways. From international sanction to other activities such as travel ban of officials and others in government and the country, the pressure will be brought by the International Justice Group as well as the 76 Group and others…”
The Weah Administration has yet to officially commit to the setting up of a war and economic crimes court.
By Emmanuel Abalo
West African Journal