Liberian President rejects war crimes court


President George Weah has expressed his reluctance to establish a war and economic crimes court in Liberia.

Speaking after his arrival from the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Weah told scores of citizens who had gathered at the Roberts International Airport that his government is more concerned about finding a way to fix the already crumbling economy.

“Since we came to power, I have not one day called for a war crimes court,” Weah said.

“You calling for war crimes court, and I said why this time when we have economic issues and trying to develop our country. Why should we focus on the war crimes court now, when we did not focus on it 12 years ago?” the president added.

There have been widespread calls for the special court to be formed to try those involved in a civil war that killed up to 250,000 people.

The president’s stance is a huge disappointment for human rights groups, and others who had hoped that the move would help provide justice for victims of the conflict.


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