By James Kokulo Fasuekoi & Issa Mansaray | The AfricaPaper |
The US Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania has become the venue for prosecuting African war criminals, particularly those involved in the Liberian civil conflict. On Monday, the court takes up the trial of Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, the rebel spokesman for Charles Taylor’s NatIonal Patriot Front of Liberia (NPFL).
Woewiyu is accused of having committed numerous war crimes both as Minister of Defence under Taylor’s regime and as key actor in the rebel NPFL. In addition, the U.S. government has also charged Woewiyu with seven counts of perjury, two counts of trying to fraudulently obtain U.S. citizenship, and multiple counts of fraud and making false statements.