Warlords Days Are Numbered, As 64 Lawmakers Agree For ‘War Crime Court’ Establishment

Flash Back: General Prince Y. Johnson and one of his child soldiers during Liberia’s senseless civil war (Photo credit: Getty)

Dozens of perpetrators of war, and those who shouldered the greatest responsibility that led to the demise of over 250.000 innocent people, and the destruction of the country’s infrastructural are now in fear following the signing of a resolution by 64 lawmakers for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia to speedily bring to justice those who are linked to this heinous.

Already, some of the perpetrators including warlords, Representative George Boley of Grand Gedeh County who then headed the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) which was also one of the warring factions agreed for the establishment of the Court, while Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County who played a major role during the Liberian civil war as leader of the notorious Independent National Patriotic Front (INPFL) which gruesomely took away lives during its existence have over the period been opting for the establishment of economic crimes court instead of war crimes court.

According to a local daily, quoting sources Tuesday, said the Senate has obtained the required 2/3 majority needed to approve the document while 44 members of the House of Representatives have endorsed the resolution given overwhelming blessing for the establishment of the war crimes court in Liberia.

Nearly ten years after the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) proffered the recommendation in 2009; only four signatures are now needed in the House of Representatives to hit the milestone number that will seal the law needed for the creation of extraordinary tribunal for war crimes.

The TRC blamed all factions to the Liberian conflict for abuses, including war crimes and crimes against humanity coupled with the   massive wave of gross gender based violence against women and recruitment of children to participate in act of violence.

The Liberian lawmaker decisive stance comes just five days after the Liberian leader, President George Weah on September 12, 2019 asked the body to ‘Advise and provide guidance on all legislative and other necessary   measures towards the implementation of the TRC report, including the establishment of the economic and war crimes court.

Some Liberians who spoke to the GNN expressed gratitude to the international community for pressurizing the George Weah-led government as a precondition in coming to the rescue to the Liberian government aid in its economic growth and development.

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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.