Ex-US Diplomats to Take Stand in Woewiyu Trial Today

By Carmen Russell & James Fasuekoi | The AfricaPaper

War and NPFL Destruction in Liberia Photo James-K Fasuekoi The AfricaPaper

Two former ambassadors expected to testify on events surrounding the deaths of five American nuns and other events. One will likely testify to being personally detained by rebel forces. Later journalists and victim-witnesses will take the stand as well.

Philadelphia, PA-Former United States ambassadors to Liberia, William Twaddell and James K. Bishop, are among scores of US officials expected to take the stand in the highly anticipated trial of Jucontee Thomas “Smith” Woewiyu. They will be joining victimes, at least five journalists, and other eyewitnesses to the atrocities committed over the span of Libera’s decade of civil war.

The United States Department of Justice has charged Woewiyu, a Liberian and alleged warlord, of  immigration fraud, perjury and war crimes committed in a foreign land. The starts today at the US Eastern District Court in Philadelphia, Penn.

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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.