South Dakota, USA- The Foreign Service Committee of the United States congress on Wednesday, voted unanimously in support of the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia.
Making the announcement in a tweet, United States congressman Dan Donovan, A Republican who represents the 11th Congressional District of New York and sponsor of the resolution said, “The @HouseForeign Committee unanimously passed my resolution supporting full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, including establishments of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia”
The passing of this resolution by the Foreign Committee of the United States Congress means, the resolution will be sent to the full floor of the U.S. Congress for a vote. Since the resolution was voted upon by on a bi-partisan basis, it is expected to pass smoothly on the full floor of congress.
If this resolution is passed and printed into a bill, the Liberian government will be under serious pressure from our traditional partners to establish a War Crimes Court, which in effect, would shape the political landscape of Liberia.
Pertinent on the list of those to be prosecuted, is Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, who to date is a major political player in Liberian politics and was influential in the reelection of ex-Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2011 and the current President, Dr. George Manneh Weah.
The Liberian Billboard will keep updating it as more developments come in.