Kunti K.

Facts

FactionULIMO
NationalityLiberian
Period of Activity First Liberian Civil War
IndictmentCrimes against humanity and torture
StatusSentenced

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Kunti K. (Kamara), former ULIMO commander, was arrested in 2018 on suspicion of crimes against humanity and torture allegedly committed during the First Liberian Civil War (1989-1996). After 17 days of trial, which took place from October 10 to November 2, 2022, in Paris, Mr Kamara was found guilty of all the charges he was accused of, which include: rape and sexual slavery committed by his subordinates on particularly vulnerable people; subjecting a man to severe suffering and participating in the public eating of his heart; executing a sick woman who had just lost her baby because she was accused of witchcraft; subjecting two men to forced labor under inhumane conditions; and torturing a civilian. Mr Kamara denies all charges, and appealed the decision.

This is the first extra-territorial case for international crimes tried held in France which is unrelated to Rwanda, and it is also the second trial of a Liberian national for international crimes allegedly committed during the Liberian civil wars.

Civitas Maxima represents several victims who have become civil parties in the proceedings against Kunti K. and is itself a civil party in the case in France.

You can find daily updates from the Court and a detailed trial monitoring here.

Background

In Spring 2019, the French and Liberian authorities collaborated on a fact-finding mission relating to proceedings in Lofa County, northwestern Liberia.

This was the first time since the end of the Second Civil War in 2003 that Liberian authorities have proceeded, along with foreign authorities, to undertake crime scene reconstructions relating to war-time crimes. These reconstructions took place in the presence of the French prosecuting authorities, investigating judge, defense lawyers, and the civil parties.

In September 2019, Kunti K. was released from pre-trial detention due to a procedural error. Kunti K. was subject to conditions of release, including being prohibited from leaving France.

In January 2020, he was arrested again as he was trying to flee France.