|Period of Activity||First Liberian Civil War|
|Indictment||Crimes against humanity and torture|
- November 2, 2022 – Kunti Kamara: former ULIMO Commander Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Crimes Against Humanity and Torture
- September 20, 2022 – Appeal in Alieu Kosiah Case and Upcoming Trial of Kunti K. in Paris
- April 2, 2021 – ULIMO Commander Kunti K. Will Face Trial in France for Crimes Against Humanity
- January, 14, 2020 – Kunti K. Back in Pre-Trial Detention
- September, 9, 2019 – Kunti K. released due to a procedural error
- June, 12, 2019 – The French judicial authorities have investigated in Liberia
- September, 7, 2018 – Suspect of Crimes Against Humanity Arrested in France
- The Washington Post (2022) – Paris court sentences Liberian ex-rebel to life in prison
- Amnesty International (2022) – France: Conviction of former Liberian rebel commander is ‘justice for victims’
- The Guardian (2022) – French court convicts former Liberian rebel commander over atrocities
- FPA (2022) – Liberia: “I would never eat human heart” Kamara Tells War Crimes Court as TRC Commissioner Washington Makes a Powerful Case for the Legitimacy of the French Trial
- Daily Observer (2022) – Kunti K War Crimes Trial Begins in France
- The Washington Post (2022) – Paris trial opens over crimes against humanity in Liberia
- Le Monde (2022) – War crimes trial of Liberian rebel leader Kunti Kamara opens in Paris
- The Guardian (2022) – Former Liberian rebel charged with war crimes awaits Paris trial
- FrontPage Africa (2021) – ULIMO Commander Kunti K. Will Face Trial in France for Crimes Against Humanity
- La Provence (2020) – Crimes contre l’humanité au Liberia : procès requis en France contre un ex-commandant rebelle
- FrontPage Africa (2020) – Ex-Rebel Commander Accused of War Crimes Rearrested in France
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.
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.