Sierra Leone’s War Victims Plan to sue Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Victims of Sierra Leone’s conflict allegedly funded by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, says victim groups

NEW YORK – Victims of the Sierra Leonean war have condemned outgoing Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “wicked, destructive and evil,” warning that they are planning to sue the outgoing Liberian leader for her role in organizing the twin rebel organizations that destroyed their lives and country.

The victims say they are ready to sue President Sirleaf at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the African Union Court and the ECOWAS Court.  The group says they are asking for pro bono international lawyers to help them pursue their case against the outgoing Liberian president and the deposed president of Burkina Faso so that they can be compensated to live an affordable life.  According to the group’s leadership, they are seeking $20 million dollars from both President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré

Victims of Sierra Leone’s conflict allegedly funded by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, says victim groups

According to Salamatu Corker and Brima Kabba, two leaders of the group, President Sirleaf was the chief organizer of the formation process of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia’s rebel which was the parent organization of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group that invaded and caused havoc in Sierra Leone, killing and maiming thousands of people, including women and children.

The Sierra Leonean victims group say the outgoing Liberian leader raised funds and supported ex-warlords Charles Taylor and Foday Sankoh, leaders of the NPFL rebels and the RUF rebels, respectively. The group accused President Sirleaf of fully funding and facilitating the recruitment and training for the NPFL, the RUF as well as several other regional groups including a Gambian rebel sect headed by one “General” Kukoi Samba Sanyang.

The Sierra Leonean victims group say they have credible proof that the late RUF leader Foday Sankoh and a RUF’s leading commander, General Sam “Mosquito” Bockarie were trained in Libya and Burkina Faso through the contacts and financial support of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by the funds she raised using an American registered nonprofit organization known as the Association for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL).

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Source: Globe Afrique Media

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.