The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa says, while it is true that he supports the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court mainly for all those who bear full responsibility for the deaths of 0ver 250,000, Liberians must also be cognizant of the facts that despite the goodwill that may be out there to enhance the project, there are chain of protocols that Liberia must signup m to before the commencement of the establishment of the court. Is realized
Speaking on a variety of national issues on the OK FM Radio Station Wednesday, in Monrovia, on June 23, 2021, Deputy Speaker Koffa also reminded Liberians that even when the protocols regarding the establishment of the war crime court is done, it will have to be in line with the Constitution of Liberia with all due ramifications featured with emphasis on due process.
Cllr. Koffa also explains that if the advocates for the court to be established by the International Criminal Court (ICC) like in the case of Sierra Leone wherein funding will be sourced by the lobbyists, that could be a separate arrangement.
In the first place, nobody can stop the ICC from prosecuting anybody because no one has jurisdiction over it; even the previous amnesty granted the warlords is not binding on the ICC because it was never a signatory to it. Example, when it wanted to prosecute former president Charles Ghantay Taylor, all Liberia had to do was turn him (Taylor) over because they knew all about the case history and moreover, Taylor was never prosecuted for crimes committed in Liberia rather in Sierra Leone; it is a whole process and if Liberians don’t take it easy, they might lose the entire operation.
According to him, Liberians will have to be careful how they go about establishing the war crime. It begins with the infrastructure which must be present. He also reiterated that he supports the establishment of the war crime court over 300% and those who committed the most hideous crimes against the people which led to the deaths of over 250,000 must be held responsibility to account for the latter. He added that it should be done accordingly because the process will require training of judges as well as the patience just in case the first to be charged takes an appeal to the Supreme Court which could take up to six years.
Earlier, the former ICC prosecutor, Mr. Allen Smith noted that if they can do it for Sierra Leone, they can do it for Liberia, and that the funding would not be the stalling obstacle, adding, they can always find the money once the people are committed to the process and to ensure that impunity is stripped off its glory and that there exists peace with justice
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