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Liberia’s President Joseph Boakai Issues Order to Establish Office for War Crimes

President Boakai promised the office in his inauguration speech delivered on January 22, 2024.

Liberian President Joseph Boakai has issued an executive order to establish an Office of War and Economic Crimes Court for Liberia. The president said the decision complies with Liberia’s international obligations and the “will of the Liberian people” to obtain justice and bring closure to the events of the 14-year bloody civil war.

President Boakai promised the office in his inauguration speech delivered on January 22, 2024.

The move is seen as a significant departure from his two immediate predecessors, former Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Manneh Weah, who demonstrated very little interest in establishing the court, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended.

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Both houses of the Legislature had previously approved a resolution for the court’s establishment. The Office will be headed by an Executive Director who, in consultation with international partners, will select a model for an international tribunal for war crimes.

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