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Nimbaians support war crimes court

-4 lawmakers sign petition

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A New Dawn’s survey in Nimba County reveals that most citizens in that county are in supportive of calls for the establishment of war and economic crimes court for Liberia.The citizens, most of them victims of the 14 years of civil war in the country have appeared on various community radio stations in the county, calling on the international community to help in establishing such court so that perpetrators of heinous crimes would account for their deeds.

According to them, since the cessation of hostilities, ex-generals and ex-fighters continue to boast of their actions in the wars, specifically pointing to the leader of the disbanded rebels Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) Senator Prince Yormie Johnson of exhibiting such posture.A native of Nimba, Sen. PYJ had continuously bragged that he killed President Samuel Kanyon Doe and many others to defend his kinsmen.

He recently welcomed President George Manneh Weah’s speech before the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, questioning the world body why the clamor for the war crimes court now, under his presidency when previous Liberians administrations were not pressurized for such court.

The campaign grows from final report of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which recommends prosecution for perpetrators of heinous crimes and crimes against humanity during the bloody civil wars.

But citizens from the county that played host to the 1989 revel invasion of Liberia, including James O. Karbeah, Eric Johnson and Elizabeth Domah, among others maintain that said court will help to combat in justice in Liberia.

According to the, ex-generals and their followers during the war years should be made to account for alleged atrocities committed.Meanwhile, four out of nine lawmakers from the county have already signed a resolution for the establishment of a war crimes court in the country.

They include Representative Larry P. Younquoi of District# 8, who chairs the committee to establish war and economic crimes, Representative Prince O.S.Tokpa of District#2, Representative Jospeh Nya Sonwabai of District# 3 and Representative Rogers S.W.Y.Domah of District#7, respectively. By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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