Liberia Government Urges Calm Among Citizens Ahead Charles Taylor’s Verdict

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.

 

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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