Liberian Commission getting close to big guns

04 February 2008 by Gibson W. Jerue

The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is poised to evoke its subpoena power for the first time to force to appear former warlord Prince Johnson, now senator of Liberia's northern Nimba County, says the Commission's Director of Information Richmond Anderson. Johnson was the leader of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), a breakaway faction of the now defunct National Patriotic Front led at the time by Charles Taylor.

Anderson said Johnson has been repeatedly invited to testify regarding his activities during the war, in particular the assassination of former Liberian President Samuel Doe in September 1990. In camera, witnesses accused Johnson of spearheading Doe's capture, torture and murder. Johnson is also accused of killing the AFL Colonel Larry Borteh, former Youth and Sports Minister Fred Blay, musician Tecumseh Roberts, INPFL Special Forces commando Moses Varnie, having thrown the children of several market women in the St. Paul River and executing his fighters under the guise of discipline.

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