Liberian lawyer says senator will face war crimes charges

Senator Prince Johnson

A high profile Liberian lawyer says a former rebel leader turned senator must be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.

Counselor Taiwon Gongloe said there is nothing one can or will do to get Senator Prince Johnson off the hook for killing people and showing no remorse during the Liberian civil war.

Gongloe, who is president of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) made the comments Saturday when he spoke at a hearing in a case of alleged election fraud and irregularities before the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.

Though Gongloe did not name a date when the former leader of the erstwhile Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia will be brought before a court, he said at any moment Liberians and the world, in general, will get the news.

“General Johnson killed John Bartuah, Edwin Vaye, Edward Gblozou Towah and many others that are nameable but when the time comes the world will get to know,” he said.

“He must and will account for his past as crime cannot and will never get rotten whenever you committed it,” Gongloe noted adding that there are evidence of human rights violations by the senator.

General Johnson, according to findings of Liberia’s former truth and reconciliation commission, is was involved in killings and other war crimes during the country’s civil war.

Throuble Suah, Monrovia, Liberia