Simeon Freeman Opposes War, Economic Crimes Court -Wants Govt To Prioritize “Bread and Butter” issues

By: H Matthew Turry

MONROVIA: The political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Mr. Simeon Freeman, holds an opposing view on the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia, says the focus of President Joseph N. Boakai should primarily be on addressing the “bread and butter” issues which prioritizes the basic needs of the citizenry. “Whatever happened during the war, those with evidence can present it and hire lawyers to bring the accused to court for judgment,” Freeman explained.

Speaking to journalists during a media conference at his party headquarters on yesterday, Wednesday, Freeman disclosed that the issue of establishing a War and Economic Crimes Court would significantly strain the judicial system which is already with limited resources to support the process.

Meanwhile, he underscored the importance of the media in holding public officials accountable for their actions by challenging government malpractices as the vigilant watchdogs of society.

Mr. Freeman’s stance reflects a nuanced approach to addressing past atrocities while prioritizing present-day needs and challenges faced by the populace.

The statement by the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change comes at a critical juncture in the national discourse surrounding the culture of impunity versus the culture of accountability for which advocates for the court see its establishment prudent in the country.

The call for a War and Economic Crimes Court has gained traction among certain segments of the population, particularly among those who seek justice over impunity for the atrocities committed during past conflicts.

However, concerns have been raised regarding the feasibility and practicality of such a court, given the complexities involved in gathering evidence and ensuring a fair trial process.

Mr. Freeman’s perspective underscores the delicate balance between accountability and the pressing socio-economic concerns bordering on injustices facing the nation.

As the debate intensifies, it is imperative for stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and explore pragmatic solutions that address both the demands for justice and the immediate needs of the population.

The MPC standard bearer’s invitation to the media to serve as a vigilant check on government actions highlights the crucial role of independent journalism in fostering transparency and accountability in governance embracing the necessity and opposition to the establishment of war and economic crimes court in Liberia

In the midst of political polarization and societal divisions, voices like Freeman’s provide a vital contribution to the national conversation, advocating for a holistic approach to addressing the legacy of conflict while advancing the interests of the people.

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