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Liberia: Prince Johnson and George Boley, former warlords who remain powerful in politics

By Dounard Bondo
Posted on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 02:02

Liberian former warlord and head of the National Union for Democratic Progress Prince Johnson. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

In Liberia, calls for a court to try war and economics crimes are getting louder. The Liberian senate is hearing expert opinions on its proposed report and recommendations on war crimes committed during the country’s two civil wars, which spanned 14 years. Prince Johnson and George Boley, two former warlords in particular – now members of the senate and house of representatives - are in the spotlight.

Despite supporting the establishment of a war and economic crimes court before attaining power, President George Weah has passed the responsibility for the decision for the establishment of a court on the legislature. This has put the spotlight on a legislature that includes members of parliament (MPs) that are former warlords.