Liberian Alieu Kosiah has been discovered responsible in a Swiss court docket within the first-ever war-crimes conviction referring to Liberia’s civil battle.
He was sentenced to twenty years for crimes together with homicide and rape.
Round 250,000 individuals had been killed in Liberia’s civil wars, and lots of hundreds extra fled.
Switzerland recognises the precept of common justice, that means suspects accused of high-profile crimes elsewhere might be tried in its courts.
The trial was the primary underneath a 2011 Swiss regulation that enables prosecution for warfare crimes dedicated wherever on the planet. It additionally marked the primary time warfare crimes expenses have been heard by a Swiss civilian court docket.
Kosiah, 46, was a former insurgent commander, who fled to Switzerland earlier than being arrested there in 2014.
The 20-year sentence contains the six years he has already served in detention.
He was detained after a civil rights group introduced the Swiss legal professional common with proof of his involvement in warfare crimes, together with the deliberate killing of civilians, sexual violence, abuse of corpses and acts of cannibalism.
The crimes occurred whereas he was combating with Alhaji Kromah’s United Liberation Motion of Liberia for Democracy insurgent group in opposition to Charles Taylor’s troops within the distant Lofa County within the Nineteen Nineties.
Liberia endured two bouts of brutal combating from 1989 to 1997, after which Taylor grew to become president, and 1999 to 2003.
Earlier than Kosiah’s responsible verdict, no Liberian had ever been convicted of crimes dedicated in the course of the battle. Taylor was, nonetheless, convicted in 2012 of committing warfare crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
He’s serving his 50-year sentence in a jail within the UK.
His son “Chuckie” Taylor was sentenced to 97 years in jail in a US federal court docket in 2009 for torturing and killing individuals whereas he was the pinnacle of Liberia’s anti-terrorist companies.
Ex-warlord Mohammed “Jungle Jabbah” Jabateh has been jailed for 30 years within the US for mendacity about his previous as a pacesetter of a drive that carried out a number of murders and acts of cannibalism.
And Sierra Leonean Gibril Ealoghima Massaquoi is presently on trial in Finland for alleged crimes dedicated in Liberia.