The final verdict of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is expected to be handed down on Thursday, April 26, 2012, by the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in The Hague, Netherlands, and the Liberian government has called on citizens to remain calm and pray for the nation.
Former President Taylor has been on trial since April 3, 2006, and was charged with 11 counts of war crimes allegedly committed from November 30, 1991, to January 18, 2002, during the course of civil war in Sierra Leone.
Liberians are divided on whether Taylor should be held guilty or not following nearly a decade of trial.
One group, especially those who his administration oppressed, are wishing for a guilty verdict, while the other, mainly his supporters and family members, are praying for a non-guilty verdict.
Several of his supporters are planning to celebrate his liberation while others have decided to state a demonstration if he’s left off the hook.
The tension is therefore high in the air, but the Liberian Government said there is no reason to fear.
“The Government reaffirms its confidence in the international justice system, especially as a founding member of the United Nations, and believes that the outcome of the trail will be accepted by all Liberians irrespective of our differences,” a statement from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf noted late Tuesday.
“At the same time, the Government calls on all Liberians to remain calm and peaceful and to pray for the nation and peace,” it concluded.