LIBERIA: Establishment Of War Crimes Court Heightens At The Legislature, As 41 Of The 73 Express Support
Following the nearly fifteen years of bloody civil war in Liberia that led to the murder of 250,000 innocent lives, and the massive destruction of the nation’s infrastructural which has plunged the country Liberia into serious economic crisis, with those who committed these heinous are moving about freely with impunity, the issue of bringing to book has been heightened by calling for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia.
Victims, Rights advocates, including the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have been calling for an instrument that would be used to bring those who were actively involved in the war to bring them to book, thus, the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia was craved by Liberians who believed that those who committed war and war related crimes justify their reasons.
41 of the 73 lawmakers have expressed their support to the establishment of this court; their agreement came into focus after President Weah amid pressure submitting a document soliciting their views on the issue as to whether it should be established or not.
One of the lawmakers who signed the resolution for the establishment of the Court in Liberia, River Gee Representative, Francis Dopoh of District # 3 called on the Liberian leader, President George Weah to implement the TRC recommendations for the establishment of the Court, “We are not going to be advising the President; we have signed up on a resolution, and I think he should join us to campaign for the resolution,” Representative said, while calling on all lawmakers to sign the resolution.