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5.05.2009

my hope in the international justice system is (remporarily) restored

What brought about this unpredictable turn of events?

Monday, the justices of the Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague refused to acquit former Liberian president/dictator/warlord/all-around nasty guy Charles Taylor on war crimes charges, that's what.

Not that they've shown they'll be able to convict him, either, which is why my faith in the international justice system is only temporarily restored to fragile hope. The next stage of the trial begins on June 29. Any readers care to share the view from Liberia on this one?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Now, if only my confidence in U.S. justice would be restored by a special prosecutor being appointed to investigate and prosecute all those involved (including Democrats) in torture, unlawful detention, warrantless spying on U.S. citizens, and other related crimes during our so-called "war on terror."

We can't expect international law to be good if the world's remaining superpower refuses to abide by it. Or our own laws for that matter.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 4:27:00 PM

 
Blogger Myles Estey said...

Had a really interesting conversation last night about CT and crimes with someone who I will only describe as being 'in the know.' They are 100% convinced that he will be prosecuted. Strangely though, their viewpoint seemed predicated on the fact that they did/could not believe that the ICC would let him free - which would allow him to return to Liberia, where he would simultaneously reunite with old allies and tear open old wounds (ie start another civil war). They were not, however, overly forthcoming about what they thought of the actual legal evidence.

Many Liberians feel the same way - that he MUST be convicted - though certainly not all. I have spoken to no shortage of people who think he will surely be acquitted, return to the country and run for pres, which he will win. (perhaps again under the slogan ' he killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him'..?!?)

The rejection of the request for CT to be freed means little, as there is still a long way to get him convicted. Its now up to the defense to stand up to the 11 indictments, and refute the prosecution.

And, keep in mind the the ICC just got $ 6.5 million (i had originally read they needed $ 30 mill) at the last minute to proceed, so if they go over budget again, they will be effed.

Saturday, May 09, 2009 6:03:00 AM

 

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