With the sudden arrest of a notorious Liberian rebel general Swaliho Soumawolo by French security in Paris France, last week for possible prosecution, many are wondering here how many more generals of the disbanded ULIMO-K rebel group could be picked up before a pending mass arrest in December.
Another general of the dreaded ULIMO-K rebel group Mohammed Jabbated a.k.a “Jungle Jarbah” was sentenced to 30 years by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond after he was tried and found guilty in October 2017 of two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts respectively of perjury.
ULIMO-K was commanded by Professor Alhaji G.V. Kromah, a former minister in the ex-regime of slain President Samuel Kanyon Doe.
Jabbateh, while serving as commander for the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy ULIMO-K, reportedly committed various acts of shocking brutality including rapes, sexual enslavement, slave labor, murder, mutilation and ritual cannibalism. He also used children as soldiers.
The BBC reports that the authorities in France have detained Soumawolo suspected of being a militant commander during Liberia’s first civil war, in the 1990s.
French police identified him as a naturalised Dutch citizen, Kunti K, and he has been charged with crimes against humanity.
The BBC says he is suspected of torture, murder, slavery, use of child soldiers and cannibalism.
Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia’s civil war in the 1990s and many thousands more fled the fighting.BBC