JNB to Explore Establishing War and Economic Crime Court -Amidst Sen. McGill’s Pending Bill

MONROVIA: In a surprise move to ensure that perpetrators of heinous crimes against humanity during the 14 years brutal civil to account for their deeds, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has said he will set up an office that will explore the feasibility for the establishment of a war and economic crime court (WECC) just as Senator Nathaniel Farlo McGill of Margibi County is perfecting moves to introduce a bill for the establishment of WECC in the country to end impunity and false accusations.

The assertion from President Boakai was contained in his inaugural address delivered to the Liberian people on Monday, January 22, 2024, where he outlined his priority areas that will be impactful for the country and its people during his tenure.

“We have decided to set up an office to explore the feasibility for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court (WECC) to provide an opportunity for those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity to account for their actions in court”, President Boakai said.

The President contended that an estimated quarter of a million of the Liberian people perished in the war, stressing that “we cannot forever remain unmoved by this searing national tragedy without closure”.

“We shall seek advice and assistance from the Office of the United Nations Secretary General to ensure that the court, if found feasible, will be in compliance with the highest standards of similar courts everywhere. The Legislature will have its say appropriately in this matter in order to avoid any appearance of vendetta or witch-hunt”, the President said.

The call for the establishment of the court which has dominated the Liberian political discourse for some time now and President Boakai is the second high profile public official in recent time under the present dispensation to make a positive statement towards making the court a reality.

The first was Senator McGill who has initiated the measure to actualize the establishment of the court with his vow to urgently introduce the bill so that the Liberian people through their representations in the national legislature will take a firm stand decision towards making the court a reality.

Senator McGill in making the case for the court stated that if established it will not only prosecute people for crimes they may have committed but also to vindicate people who have been wrongly accused.

Speaking to the media recently, McGill said as a victim of false accusations of corruption, he would work with civil society organizations to ensure the establishment of the court to help to vindicate him and others or prosecute them if found guilty.

“People accuse me and many others every day largely based on perceptions,” the former Chief of Office Staff of President Weah lamented. “I want an economic crimes court, including the war crime court. I will work with civil society to ensure that is done. We need to come up with recommendations on the TRC document.”

He also said he will network with his colleagues both in the Senate and the House of Representatives to ensure that the bill when it is introduced will attract the maximum cooperation and understanding of every lawmaker in the country.

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  1. Jake Doe says

    “To explore the feasibility“. “We shall seek advice and assistance from the office of the UN Secretary General “to ensure that , the court, if found feasible“. REALLY MR. BOAKAI????

    THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF DISHONESTY AND BETRAYAL!!!

    BOAKAI, WHO ARE YOU TOYING WITH IN YOUR DECEPTION AND LACK OF INTENTION FOR LIBERIA ESTABLISHING A WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT????

    Madam Rebecca-Paris Senior, Civitas Maxima, and Mr. Hassan Bility, GJRP, BOAKAI IS BEING VERY DISHONEST! HE HAS NO INTENTION OF USING THE RIGHTS AND POWERS OF LIBERIA TO ESTABLISH A WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT! BE NOT DECEIVED!!!

    That is, from the above quoted phrases in Boakais speech about the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court, ALL BOAKAI HAVE SAID HERE IS THAT HE DOES NOT SEE THE NECESSITY NOR THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A WAR AND ECONOMIC CRIMES COURT.

    The phrase “to explore the feasibility“, and the phrase “we shall seek advice and assistance from the office of the UN Secretary General “to ensure that , the court, “if found feasible“, SHOULD TELL YOU THAT BOAKAI IS SIMPLY BEEN DISINGENUOUS“!! WHAT A HEIGHT OF DECEPTION!!!

    There are three trigger mechanisms to establish a war and economic crimes court under international law!

    The three trigger mechanisms are (1)THE GIVEN STATE (eg. Liberia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, or any country which is a signatory to the Rome Statute), (2)The Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, and (3) the UN Security Coucil!!!

    NEITHER OF THE THREE NEEDS TO SEEK ANY ADVISE, CONSENT, NOR APPROVAL FROM ANY OF THE OTHER TWO TRIGGER MECHANISMS, NOR FROM THE UN OR ITS SECRETARY GENERAL!!!

    So, for Boakai and his speech writers or his “charge and bill“ lawyers to come out to think the Liberian people are fools, to the extent that he has the temerity to leave such a dishonest impression that for establishing a war crimes court a country or government needs permisssion from the UN Secretary General, tells that Boakai has no intention of Liberia establishing a war and economic crimes court!

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