Liberia


    Liberian found guilty of war crimes-linked charges in “historic” US case
    19.10.17
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.net

    A court in Philadelphia on Wednesday found Mohammed Jabbateh (“Jungle Jabbah”) guilty of charges related to atrocities committed during the first Liberian civil war (1989-96). His two-week trial was the first time that Liberian war victims were able to testify in a public and fair trial, according to Swiss-based NGO Civitas Maxima, which has been monitoring the case. The jury of 12 in Philadelphia found Jabbateh guilty on two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury for lying to US officials about his background as a combatant in Liberia. Jabbateh was a commander of the ULIMO rebel group...

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    Liberian war victims to testify in US “Jungle Jabbah” case
    03.10.17
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo

    The trial has begun in the United States of Liberian national Mohammed Jabbateh (“Jungle Jabbah”), a Pennsylvania resident suspected of war crimes. The former ULIMO rebel commander is charged with two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. Now that the jury has been selected, war crimes victims from Liberia are expected to start testifying before the Pennsylvania court. Alain Werner, a lawyer and co-founder of Swiss NGO Civitas Maxima, has been working for many years to help Liberian war victims get justice, and his organization is following this case closely. He...

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    European Arrests Refuel Impunity Debate in Liberia
    28.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    Recent arrests of two Liberian war crimes suspects in Belgium and Switzerland are historic, says a lawyer defending victims. They have also reignited debate in Liberia over justice for the victims of that country’s civil war. “These arrests are historic for several reasons,” says Alain Werner, who represents victims in the Swiss case of former militia leader Alieu Kosiah and is also head of the Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima, which helped get National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) ex-commander Martina Johnson arrested in Belgium. “There have never before been any arrests in Europe for...

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    TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN LIBERIA – IN BRIEF
    27.05.15
    Julia Crawford

    Context: Civil War (1989 – 2003) The legacy of Liberia’s nearly fifteen-year civil war lives on more than a decade after the war’s end. Liberia still struggles to prosecute those responsible for the violence, and develop inclusive reconciliation mechanisms. As one Monrovia resident said to IRIN in 2013: “[Life] is just the same as before, but now there are no gunshots.” In 1989, the country descended into civil war when an armed rebel group led by Charles Taylor took much of the countryside by force, and toppled the capital of Monrovia in 1990. The country was unstable, without a functioning government, for most of the 1990s as rebels fought each other for control. There was a brief...

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