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Lutheran Church massacre victim demands justice

By Thomas Domah/ Nimba County 

A victim of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church massacre is demanding justice in the massacre that occurred in July 1990 on 13th Street, Sinkor in Monrovia.

Victim Isaac Karto, Jr., a citizen of Zuatuo Town, Electoral District Six, Nimba County, who currently resides in America but is visiting Liberia, calls on the government of President George Weah to support the establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia to prosecute perpetrators of heinous crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Lutheran Church massacre was committed by soldiers loyal to slain President Samuel Kanyon Doe, leading to the death of about 600 civilians, including women and children during the heat of the Liberian Civil War. About 30 loyal troops of the late President executed the massacre on July 29, 1990.

Mr. Karto, Jr., whose both parents were murdered in that massacre, says such a court would help to deliver justice to both victims and survivors.

He laments that those who killed his parents are remorseless of their actions while their victims live in grief, as justice eludes them.

He made the statement recently in Zuatuo Town, Nimba County during the launch of the Isaac and Anna Karto Foundation in memory of his late parents, Isaac Gonwokay Karto, Sr., and Ma-Anna Yormie Karto, who were both educators.

The Karto family gathered in their home town recently to continue their late parents’ legacy with a soccer tournament between Graie United FC in Graie Town and Towah Town.

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Later, Presidential hopeful Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, who delivered the keynote address, said those who committed the massacre should account for their actions.

He maintained that anyone, who was involved in circumstances of atrocity and cruelty should not go with impunity.

He is supportive of calls for the establishment of War and Economic Crimes courts for the country to stamp out impunity.

Cllr. Gongloe, who received a rousing welcome from the people of Zuatuo, called on his kinsmen to elect him comes October so that he can allow justice to prevail to bring relief and hope to Liberians. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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