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House concurs with Senate on war crime court resolution

The approval of the resolution by both chambers of the 55th Legislature would now allow the Executive to proceed with its plan to pursue the necessary steps to establish a war and economic crimes court.

Monrovia, April 14, 2024: Liberia’s two legislative chambers have agreed on a resolution to establish a War and Economic Crimes Court.

In a historic move on Thursday, 11 April 2024, the House of Representatives concurred with the Liberian Senate on the resolution establishing the court.

House Speaker J. Fonati Koffa said signing of the resolution for the establishment of the court marks a significant step towards ensuring accountability and justice for past atrocities and economic crimes committed in the country.

The plenary’s decision to concur with the Senate’s resolution follows a thorough review and consideration of the Senate’s communication transmitting the joint resolution, which was recently signed. 

The House of Representatives acknowledged the Senate’s amendment to the House’s original resolution, titled “Joint Resolution # jr-001/2024 of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia on the mechanism for the establishment of an extraordinary criminal court and domestic corruption court for war and economic crimes, respectively.

The Senate’s amendment, adopted on Tuesday, 9 April 2024, reflects certain provisions to enhance the proposed courts’ effectiveness and efficiency. 

The House of Representatives expressed its commitment to ensuring timely concurrence with the Senate’s amendments, reaffirming its dedication to advancing the cause of justice and accountability in Liberia.

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The Joint Resolution, now endorsed by both chambers of the Liberian Legislature, will be forwarded to the President for his signature. I signal a unified legislative effort toward addressing the legacy of war crimes and economic malfeasance in Liberia.—Press release

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