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Debates for establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia heat up

Steven Dorbor/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The proponents of War and Economic Crimes Court says the establishment of the court will put an end to impunity in Liberia.

The head of team, Fubi Henries, said the Court will hold former warlords accountable for gruesome killings and other outright human rights violation carried out during 15 years civil war in Liberia.

Mr. Henries said:” Unless alleged war criminals are brought to account for their actions in the civil war, further wars, destructions and gruesome crimes are bound to be repeated by the same people who committed mayhem against innocent Liberians.

On the contrary, the challengers to the establishment of the court in Liberia headed by Daniel Bestman, said:” War Crimes Court would violate the spirit and intent of the South African style Truth and Reconciliation Commission crafted during the Accra Peace Accord for Liberia.”

Bestman also contended that War Crimes Court is untimely and will threaten the hard earned peace of Liberia, describing the peace as fragile and vulnerable to shakiness.

They spoke at the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative (LMDI) debate for the establishment of a Special War and Economic Crimes Court for Liberia in Cooper Farm near the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.


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