Kunti K., 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). The trial is expected to begin on October 10, to November 4, 2022, in Paris, France.

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.

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.


Period of Activity First Liberian Civil War
IndictmentCrimes against humanity and torture
StatusIn prison