IJG Says Dispatching Investigators To Liberia To Monitor & Collect Data On Threats To Activists

Washington DC, USA and Monrovia, Liberia- February 11, 2019: The International Justice Group (IJG) says it has dispatched a team of Investigators to Liberia as a result of increased security threats to several civic and human rights organizations and activists.

International Justice Group (IJG)

According to a representative of the IJG, it says it has received credible information through its contacts in the West African country and social media monitor. and is concerned that senior operatives of the ruling party and auxiliaries, some of whom are disguised, are intimidating, issuing threats of death and bodily harm to others who freely express critical views of the Government.

Liberia’s Finance and Planning Minister Samuel Tweah last year lashed out at the media over its reportage against the Government and openly threatened to “weaponize” supporters against the media.

Ruling CDC Party Mulbah Morlu

Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the ruling Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Mulbah Morlu, at a hastily arranged partisans meeting at his party’s headquarters in Monrovia, accused the opposition bloc and supporters of supporting the assassination of President George M. Weah.

“There are a few supporters of the three political parties, that we’ve documented, that post on social media calling in people to take up arms against the President. And one of them came out to say that the President should be assassinated…” Morlu quoting social media charged.

He, however, presented no evidence to substantiate his accusation that the posters were opposition supporters.

Dolakeh Jonathan Saye Taryor

A member of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) Dolakeh Jonathan Saye Taryor, in a strong reaction to Morlu’s accusations, called them “reckless and irresponsible” and an attempt to instill fear among citizens.

He told the West African Journal Magazine, in a telephone interview on Sunday night, that the ANC and coalition of opposition political parties are committed to maintaining the peace in Liberia.

Mr. Taryor scoffed at Morlu’s “assassination” accusation, adding that, “…the assassination of President Weah, will not, in anyway, install the opposition in power..”, and called Morlu’s Statement simply false.

Coalition of Opposition Political Parties – Liberia

The opposition member challenged the credibility of the current CDC Chairman Morlu and his “ridiculous” claim a couple of years ago that, he, Morlu, met former US President Barack Obama at a summit in Ghana where he claimed, they both held “high level talks”.

There is no proof of this Obama meeting that Morlu claimed.

Taryor said the CDC Chairman was attempting to deflect from the prevailing issues of the missing “16 billion” Liberian dollars scandal, proof of the provision of 78,000 chairs to schools, as claimed by President Weah in his State of The Union Address on January 28, 2019, the deteriorating economy under the CDC-led government and other missteps.

The opposition member called for a state investigation of the CDC Chairman over the “incendiary” accusations, which, he said, have the potential to cause chaos and endanger the lives of opposition leaders and supporters.

“IJG is saying its Investigators will be fully stationed in Liberia indefinitely to monitor Human Rights Violations and has recommended several Liberians to the US and European governments for travel restrictions.”

The global research and rights organization says the IJG is currently lobbying in Washington DC, the United States Senate for full Congressional passage of House of Representatives Resolution (H.Res) 1055 which calls for the full implementation of the Final Report of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the establishment of a Special tribunal for Liberia.

Seal of the US House of Representatives

The Resolution which was introduced September, 2018, and agreed to by the House of Representatives last November, “…Supports efforts by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to advance Liberian national reconciliation…”

Map of Liberia

According to the group, it says it is collecting data on alleged crimes being committed under the current Liberian Administration and will advocate for accountability for all economic and rights abuses.

By Our Justice Reporter In Washington DC, USA and National Politics Correspondent In Monrovia

West African Journal Magazine

Liberia: Top Judicial Security Chief Accused Of War Crimes; Peaceful March For Justice Planned For Tuesday In NY

A Liberian Rebel Fighter- File Photo

As international pressure mounts on the current Liberian Administration to undertake local and international obligations to prosecute alleged war criminals who have so far enjoyed relative protection and gone with impunity in the West African country since cessation of hostilities in 2003, a source says a team of international investigators is in Liberia and following up on alleged atrocities catalogued in the Final Report of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which completed its work and submitted recommendations to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration in 2009.

The source says some of the investigators with the newly established advocacy and research entity, the International Justice Group (IJG) include some former support staff of the TRC.

According to information obtained from actual eyewitnesses who spoke to investigators, they recounted how a former Assistant Director of Police for its Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Henry Landford and some foreign nationals were rounded up and executed by rebels of the National Patriotic Front (NPFL) on the orders of Commander Paul Tuazama and one Anthony Komahoun.

Mr Paul Tuazama , Chief of Security At Liberia’s Judiciary

Mr. Tuazama is the current head of security at the Judiciary branch of the Liberian government known as the Temple of Justice which also serves as the official seat of the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court on Capitol Hill.

Director Landford and others were murdered in the NPFL controlled area on Duport Road outside the capital and Kakata, about 34 miles outside of Monrovia.

In 1991, journalists embedded with a contingent of Ecomog peacekeepers visited the eastern Duport Road suburb area for the first time after the cessation of hostilities with the NPFL.

Peacekeepers and journalists were directed by local residents to an area described as the “killing field” where human skeletons and personal effects of victims were scattered and covered by overgrown brush.

Liberian career Government officials, law enforcement officers and ordinary civilians were also allegedly murdered by rebel fighters and death squads allied with some rogue commanders of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) loyal to late President Samuel K. Doe.

Rebel NPFL Small Boy Unit Fighter – File Photo

Victims include Cephus Junius, Chief of Intelligence Unit of the Liberia National (LNP), Williette Scott, Chief of Communications of the LNP.

Williette Scott was a well trained and professional Police officer who was reportedly taken off a line of fleeing residents and executed in NPFL controlled territory by a rebel fighter identified as Joe Mantee.

Still others include a popular Mighty Barrolle soccer team sports enthusiast David Quayle Langston who was allegedly executed in the Paynesville suburbs and prominent and well liked national radio broadcast journalists Tommy Raynes and G. Moses K. Washington.

They were reportedly executed somewhere between 15th Gate and Careysburg area by NPFL rebels.

Others allegedly murdered during this period, according to investigators, include the Deputy Chief of Command of the Bong Mines Police Department Lt.Joe McGill, Lt.Joseph Balls, Detective Thomas Morris and Foday Boikai.

The entire Bong Mines Police Detachment was summarily executed in Kakata by NPFL rebels.

ECOMOG Peacekeeping Troops

Ghanaian ,Sierra Leonean, Guinean, Nigerian And Gambian, Nationals were targeted and ordered executed in the rebel NPFL controller territories simply because their individual countries had seconded peacekeepers to re regional ECOWAS Peace Monitoring Group in Liberia known as ECOMOG.

Lt. Bobby Kpoto

One Lt. Bobby Kpoto now believed to be residing in the United Kingdom murdered Archie Greene who was a graduate of the Cuttington University College(CUC) in Bong County, which is situated central Liberia.

TRC Final Report – Liberia

Investigators say information which they are following up on about summary executions of individuals named were obtained from actual accounts collected during hearings of the TRC held in and out of Liberia.

More information is being gathered by investigators .

Meantime the IJG says it is warning anyone or groups who may want to discredit the integrity of the Liberia’s TRC members and Final Report in an attempt to justify solicitation of international donor funding.

Liberian Rights Activist Vandalark Patricks

In support of international efforts to bring to justice those accused of major atrocities, Liberian Organizers of a March For Peace in Justice say they will hold a peaceful protest on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in New York near the United Nations headquarters to call on President George M. Weah to prosecute alleged war criminals in Liberia.

In an exclusive interview, with on Sunday, the Chairman of the organizing of the Peace and Justice March Mr. Vandalark Patricks said, ” people are listening and are now aware that the only way Liberia can move forward is when alleged war crimes perpetrators are brought to book for atrocities committed during the war. Weah wants to jeopardize justice for over 250,000 victims. Weah must understand that Article 2 of the Liberian Constitution so that the will of the people prevail.”

Organizers say their peaceful protest is timed to coincide prior to the arrival of President Weah to the UN in New York in order to allow him time to appreciate the seriousness of their call.

Liberian President George M. Weah

President Weah is expected to attend and address the UN General Assembly later in September.

The Weah Administration has not committed to prosecuting war crimes perpetrators in-spite of local and international calls to prioritize the issue.

No one in Liberia has been prosecuted for atrocities committed during the country’s civil war between 1989 – 2003.

An estimated 250,000 people were killed in the bloodletting which almost completely destroyed the country infrastructure and institutions.

Vandalark Patricks, a Liberia rights activist condemned Senator Prince Johnson, a sitting lawmaker from northeastern Nimba County in Liberia, who is also a former war lord and major actor in the war and who was named in the country’s Truth a and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Final Report as a responsible  for some heinous atrocities.

Liberian Former Rebel Warlord and Current Senator Prince Y. Johnson

Mr. Patricks said it was totally unacceptable that Senator Johnson would threaten the country with another war, if attempts were made to hold him accountable for his alleged war crimes.

Those named as perpetrators have not faced prosecution nor have they been found guilty of any crime in Liberia.

Political observers and diplomatic sources say unless President Weah commits to prosecuting alleged war criminals, he will lose international support which he desperately needs to sustain his country’s struggling economy.

The IJG says it is prepared to network with other partners to secure international sanctions and travel ban against government officials if no action is taken.

Already, a US Republican lawmaker Representative Daniel M. Donovan Jr. has introduced a congressional bill which calls for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia.

US President Donald Trump

Future US economic and military assistance to the West African nation may hinge on the Weah Administration’s commitment to bow to congressional pressure for an improved human rights regime and fiscal accountability in Liberia.

The Weah government is already lobbying to open a corridor to Congressional leaders and the White House.

Liberia relies heavily on US economic, diplomatic and military assistance.

Flag of Liberia

In its Fact Sheet on Liberia, the African Affairs Bureau of the U. s State Department in July, 2018 stated that, “…U.S. assistance is focused on consolidating democratic progress; improving capacity, transparency, and accountability of governance institutions; promoting broad-based, market-driven economic growth; improving access to high-quality educational and health services; and professionalizing Liberia’s military and civilian security forces, while helping Liberia build capacity to plan, implement, and sustain its own development efforts in each sector….”

Of the $27 billion in world wide Foreign Assistance planned for 2019 Fiscal Year by the US Government. Liberia stands to gain over $29.3 million for peace and security, democracy, human rights and governance, health and economic development.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine

Liberia: Speaker Backs Restorative Justice For War Crimes Accused

Liberia House Speaker Bhofal Chambers

The Speaker of Liberia’s House of Representatives has reinforced the George M. Weah Administration’s stance against the establishment of a war crimes court in the West African nation to prosecute those who may have committed atrocities and economic crimes during the country’s civil war.

Appearing on the VOA’s Day Break Africa program on Monday morning, Speaker Bhofal Chambers, said the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement stipulates for restorative rather than retributive Justice following completion of the work and submission of the Final Report of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) since 2009.

The Liberian House Speaker said, based on the Accra Peace Agreement “…the arrangement was that there should be peace and reconciliation in Liberia. There should be restorative justice versus retributive justice. And we who go to conventions and international discussions, where there are treaties, it’s only fair to work out those details and those details must be followed to the letter…”

The Britannica website defines Restorative Justice as a “response to criminal behaviour that focuses on lawbreaker restitution and the resolution of the issues arising from a crime in which victims, offenders, and the community are brought together to restore the harm…”, while the authoritative website also defines Retributive Justice as a “response to criminal behaviour that focuses on the punishment of lawbreakers and the compensation of victims.

In general, the severity of the punishment is proportionate to the seriousness of the crimes…”

The philosophy of Restorative and Retributive Justice is found in ancient law codes from the Near East around 2050 BC. 2000 BC and the well known Babylonia Code of Hammurabi in 1750 BC.

Pressed on terms of the Accra Peace Agreement regarding the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia based on the TRC recommendations, Speaker Chambers emphatically stated that was not the agreement parties subscribed to.

Asked if Liberia is being pressured by the international community to set up a war crimes court, the third in line to the Liberian Presidency denied that international colleagues, ECOWAS, UN, AU and some friendly local diplomatic missions in Liberia were calling for the setting up of a war crimes court in Liberia.

On last Friday, New York Republican Representative Daniel M. Donovan Jr. introduced a Congressional Resolution which calls for the establishment of a war crimes court.

“…More than that, the Liberian people are the people who, should perhaps, set their agenda. If they want the clock to be set back, it will be their decision. But obviously we are reminding our compatriots that when we are in an arrangement, what we agreed upon must be followed,” Speaker Chambers held.

In response to assertions from the Liberian House Speaker in his VOA interview, the former head of Liberia’s TRC Counselor Jerome Verdier said the Speaker “did not understand the provisions of the Accra Peace Agreement and I believe he hasn’t read the TRC Act. The TRC Act domesticated the provisions of the Accra Peace Agreement.”

Former Chairman of Liberia TRC Counselor Jerome Verdier

Counselor Verdier who now serves as Executive Director of the newly formed rights advocacy and research organization the International Justice Group (IJG) countered further that, “and there is no provision in there [Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement] that calls exclusively for restorative justice. And what he doesn’t understand also is that restoring justice is not a process mutually exclusive from the criminal justice process. It is a component of the criminal justice process. It is a component; or an offshoot of the criminal justice process. The Speaker is mistaken or he is trying to intentionally embellish impunity for what he calls restorative justice”.

With the recent apprehension in France of an alleged Liberia war actor, Kunta K., Counselor Verdier disclosed that there is heightened awareness of the need for justice in Liberia and says there are efforts currently underway to indict alleged perpetrators of war crimes in Liberia.

Former Rebel Warlord Turned Senator Prince Y. Johnson

The former head of Liberia’s TRC specifically named a former warlord and current lawmaker from Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson as one of nearly 100 notorious war crimes perpetrators who may be indicted.

The current Liberian government has repeatedly side-stepped questions on its commitment to the establishment of a war crimes court to prosecute alleged perpetrators who are accused of committing some of the most heinous atrocities during Liberia’s civil war.

President George Weah, a former UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at a news conference at the UNICEF -Liberia Office in Monrovia on April 23, 2004, took a stance for the prosecution of warlords.

Liberian President George. M. Weah

Ambassador Weah added in his call at the time that those to be prosecuted include warlords and military commanders of the various belligerent groups who, for their own selfish gains, brought children into the conflict.

But the Liberia leader has now had a change of heart and is no longer advocating for justice against warlords.

At a recent meeting with opposition leaders in Monrovia, a statement attributed to President Weah said he expressed unwillingness at prosecuting alleged perpetrators since, according to him, they are current government decision makers and that Liberians were all inter-related.

The President has come under heavy criticisms for his lack of commitment to implementing the recommendations of the TRC Final Report.

Supporters of the President defend his stance on non-establishment of a War Crimes Court citing the fragile peace condition in the country and potential for a return to instability.

Map of Liberia

President Weah is expected to travel to New York later in September to give his first address to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Political observers say his address will be the first real opportunity to hear the official position of the Weah Administration which is under heavy local and international pressure to establish a prosecutorial mechanism for dealing with war and economic crimes in the West African country.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine

Full Text: US Congressional Resolution On War Crimes Court in Liberia

Seal of Liberia

The International Justice Group (IJG) has released a copy of the Congressional Resolution introduced by Republican Representative Daniel M. Donovan Jr. to call for establishment of a war crimes court in the West African nation of Liberia.

The full copy of the Resolution submitted on Friday was copied to The West African Journal Magazine late Sunday.

115TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION

H. RES. 1055

To affirm strong United States-Liberia ties and support for democratic prin- ciples, and call for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, including the establishment of an Extraor- dinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

Mr. DONOVAN (for himself and Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

To affirm strong United States-Liberia ties and support for democratic principles, and call for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission rec- ommendations, including the establishment of an Ex- traordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.

Whereas today the United States is home to an estimated 80,000 people of Liberian ancestry in vibrant communities across the country, who have been instrumental in America’s efforts to build a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Liberia;

Whereas Liberia and the United States share close historical, political, and economic ties over the course of a nearly 200-year relationship;

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Whereas the people and Government of the United States have a deep interest in Liberia’s democratic stability and post conflict development;

Whereas the civil war from 1991 to 2002 resulted in the death of over 200,000 people in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the displacement of over 1,000,000 persons, and the horrific cases of amputations, mass rape, and human rights abuses conducted under the leadership of Charles Taylor;

Whereas Charles Taylor was convicted through the Special Court for Sierra Leone for 11 different charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, such as rape, sexual abuse, and slavery, and violation of international law, in- cluding the use of child soldiers;

Whereas a comprehensive peace agreement was signed by the Government of Liberia, rebel groups, and political parties in 2003;

Liberia TRC Commissioners File Photo

Whereas the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as established under the 2003 comprehensive peace agreement, was formally created in 2005 with a mandate ‘‘to promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation by investigating gross human rights violations and violations of humanitarian law, sexual violations, and economic crimes that occurred between January 1979 and October 2003’’;

Whereas the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a report in December 2008 recommending the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia and listed individuals, corporations, and institutions recommended for further investigation and prosecution, among other recommendations;

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) upholds its commitment to maintain and foster the enduring relationship between the people and the Governments of the United States and Liberia;

(2) urges the Government and people of Liberia

to support the truth and reconciliation process

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Whereas the Government of Liberia has not fully implemented the recommendations of the Truth and Reconcili- ation Agreement to date, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal;

Whereas Liberia experienced its first democratic and peaceful transition of power since 1944 after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf respected constitutional term limits and George Weah defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai following a runoff during the 2017 Presidential elections;

Whereas the United States congratulated the people of Liberia on the successful conclusion of the Presidential runoff election and recognized the important role Liberia’s Su- preme Court, political parties, security forces, and civil society organizations played in holding a peaceful and transparent contest; and

Whereas the United States Government and American citizens have invested in Liberia to rebuild and support democratic institutions, postconflict recovery, economic growth, improved access to education and health care, professionalization of the country’s military and civilian security forces, and efforts to foster accountability and transparency of government institutions:

Now, therefore, be it through full implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal; and

US House of Representatives

(3) supports efforts by the Department of State and United States Agency for International Develop- ment to advance Liberian efforts toward national reconciliation through continued support for the rule of law, effective governance, and the robust role of civil society.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine

US Rep Daniel M. Donovan Jr. Introduces Bill To Call For War Crimes Court in Liberia

It now appears that United States Congressional pressure is being brought to bear on the George M. Weah Administration Liberia over the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in the West African nation.

Liberian President George M. Weah

An estimated 250,000 people were killed and another 1 million others were dislocated internally and externally due to one of Africa’s most brutal civil conflagration led by now jailed former rebel leader and President of Liberia Charles G. Taylor.

According to House Resolution 1055 introduced on Friday, September 7. 2018 by Representative Daniel M. Donovan Jr., a Republican from New York, the intent of the resolution is, “…To affirm strong United States-Liberia ties and support for democratic principles, and call for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, including the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.”

The move by a member of the US Congress is the first tangible indication that the US and the international community are prepared to decisively deal with the unserious attitude of the Weah Administration in addressing impunity in Liberia.

Liberia TRC Logo

Despite calls from the UN, through its Deputy Secretary General Madam Amina Mohamed in March of this year in Monrovia, private representations to the Weah Government by the US and some of its allies, calls by the International Justice Group (IJG), the UN Human Rights Committee and over 75 international human rights groups and non-governmental organizations, and Liberians in and out of the country who all support the establishment of the war crimes court and recommendations of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the government has signaled it’s unwillingness to prioritize the matter.

Representative Donovan’s bill has been agreed to in the U. S. House of Representatives and it has been forwarded to the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Congressman Donovan has a background as a former prosecutor and attorney.

He represents the 11th congressional district which covers parts of Kings County and Richmond County southeastern in New York.

He was elected in 2015.

According to procedures in the U. S. House of Representatives, bill are generally sent to the Library of Congress from, the Government Publishing Office a day or two after there introduced. But delay in passage of bills are possible when there is a large bill to print.

United Nations Headquarters New York

President Weah is expected to travel to NY later this month to address the UN General Assembly. Some Liberians are planning to peacefully protest and call for the establishment of war crimes court.

The U.S. may impose restrictive measures against the Weah Administration in a bid to facilitate implementation of recommendations of the TRC.

No one in Liberia has been held to account for alleged human rights violations and atrocities committed during the civil war.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal

Sen Prince Johnson Seen on Video Abusing Ms. Watta Allison During Civil War in Liberia

Former Liberian Warlord Prince Y. Johnson
Former Liberian Warlord Prince Y. Johnson

In the wake of massive pressure from local and international Liberian and other activists for the implementation of the recommendations of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) including the establishment of war crimes court for the prosecution of those identified as responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the West African country’s devastating civil war between 1989 – 2003, a disturbing video has surfaced on social media showing a former warlord and current Senator Prince Y. Johnson interrogating and brutalizing the wife of a former Liberian Defense Minister General Gray Allison.

The grainy video which was apparently shot by an unknown person at the Caldwell rebel base of the former rebel leader of the Independent National Patriotic Front (INPFL),perhaps during the period of the war,  shows Johnson angrily accusing Ms. Watta Allison of being knowledgeable about the military invasion on August 12, 1984 of the campus of the University of Liberia(UL) on the direct orders of military junta leader and former President Samuel K. Doe.

The order to the then army commander General Allison, a former Defense Minister in the Doe Government was conveyed to students that “they move or be removed”. The brutal military invasion resulted in numerous student deaths, rapes, the closure and subsequent dismissal of the entire Administration of the University of Liberia at the time headed by the late Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman. No official death counts were ever verified following the invasion.

Students at the state University were demanding the release of former College Dean and Professor Dr. Amos Sawyer and Professor George Klay Kieh, also a political science lecturer who were in detention and charged with serious crime of “high treason”.

On the 55 second video, the wife of the late General Allison is heard denying that she was aware of the University campus invasion. She tried to explain a number of times to Johnson who sounds angry and is seated at a desk dressed in blue top that she only heard of the invasion while she was in the U.S.
“Mr. Johnson, to my Holy Communion, to my family… my children I took nine months… I did not know anything. It’s just a plot to get… to kill Gray. That’s all those people planned it to kills Gray…”Ms. Allison is heard saying to Johnson.

The rebel leader Johnson is then heard asking Ms. Allison, “…But you agree that Gray went to University of Liberia?” Ms Allison responded, “I was not here…” Johnson interrupts her, “But you heard it?”, She tried to explained saying, “I was sick; that’s what I’m trying to tell you…”
Johnson is then seen lunging and striking Ms. Allison who is off camera and to his left, accusing her of being a “lier”. Ms. Allison is then heard apologizing to Johnson.

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Social media is in uproar at the rather hard to watch video with some posters calling for Senator Johnson to be prosecuted for his role in the Liberian civil war.

At program in March, 2018 to mark the successful end of the UN Mission in Liberia which began in September, 2003, the Deputy UN Secretary General Madam Amina Mohammed told the Liberian government that peace would “remain fragile as long as people feel excluded from the economic and political life of the country, and as long as corruption undermines confidence in institutions”, a apparent nudge to the government to implement recommendations of the TRC Final Report.

The TRC completed its work and submitted findings to the Government  since 2009.

TRC Final Report – Liberia

President George M. Weah has refused to commit to any implementation of the TRC Report, saying this is not a priority for his government and no one has faced prosecution for atrocities committed during the civil conflict.

Johnson is responsible for the capture, torture, killing and mutilation of the body of former President Doe in September, 1990 on Bushrod Island, the western suburb of the Liberia capital Monrovia. Johnson has defended his role in the Liberian civil war as a “liberator” and says he will not submit to prosecution.

Senator Johnson is one of many war actors hooked by the country’s and Reconciliation (TRC) Final Report. In section 12.3 titled, <strong> Names of Those Responsible (Perpetrators) Recommended for Prosecution</strong> Johnson is named as leader of the INPFL.
Others recommended for prosecution include now jailed former National Patriotic Front (NPFL) leader and Former President Charles Taylor, late General Roosevelt Johnson of ULIMO/ULIMO-K, Alhaji Kromah, ULIMO-K, George Boley of LPC, Thomas Yahya Nimley of MODEL, Sekou Damate Konneh of LURD and the late Francois Massaquoi of LDF.

Senator Prince Y. Johnson
Senator and Evangelist Prince Y. Johnson

The former Liberian warlord turned evangelist told members of his Faith Chapel Ministries Church at a service in August, 2017 that, “…Liberia had conflict that lasted for 14 years when brothers turn against one another in a brutal arm conflict, but the war is over, it is time to rebuild our nation.”

“I am the servant of God whom he took from the battlefield and cleansed with his blood, to stand here before the people of God to proclaim his gospel.”

Johnson who hails from the sub-political division of Nimba County in northeastern Liberia is a senior Senator. In the 2005 general elections, Johnson contested and won a Senate seat to represent his people. He is a former chairman of the Senate’s Defense and Security Committee.

Liberia TRC
TRC Liberia – Logo

He is leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) political party and threw his support behind the George M. Weah led Coalition for Democratic change which defeated the ruling Unity Party in recent Presidential and General Elections in Liberia.

Johnson is accused of the subsequent execution of Ms. Watta Allison.

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By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal