The Massaquoi trial Q&A

The Massaquoi trial Q&A The Finnish trial of Sierra Leonean national, Gibril Massaquoi, started in February in Finland but hearings of victims and witnesses will be conducted by Finnish judges in Liberia and then in Sierra Leone. This trial is spurring a lot of discussion and debate, not only because it sits within the broader […]

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Finland has demonstrated its support for the victims and for the fight against impunity

Finland has demonstrated its support for the victims and for the fight against impunity Liberia was the theatre of one of Africa’s most brutal conflicts – the first and second civil wars of 1989-1997 and 1999-2003, respectively. The wars not only destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, but eventually spilled into neighbouring […]

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Liberian history in the making: groundbreaking decision regarding Gibril Massaquoi’s trial

Liberian history in the making: groundbreaking decision regarding Gibril Massaquoi’s trial An international war crimes trial has commenced in Finland today, in the Pirkanmaa District Court, concerning atrocity crimes allegedly committed and incited by Gibril Massaquoi in far-away Liberia. Unlike most war crimes trials in front of domestic courts, which are de-facto very distant from the time […]

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Former RUF commander arrested in Finland over war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Liberia

Former RUF commander arrested in Finland over war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Liberia On Tuesday, March 10, Gibril Massaquoi, a Sierra Leonean national, was arrested in Tampere, Finland, by the Finnish police who suspect that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Liberia between 1999 and 2003. The crimes […]

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U.S./Belgian citizen arrested for his alleged participation in the trade of “blood diamonds” during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

U.S./Belgian citizen arrested for his alleged participation in the trade of “blood diamonds” during Sierra Leone’s civil war Michel Desaedeleer, American and Belgian citizen, was arrested in Spain this week, pursuant to a European arrest warrant. He is suspected of having participated, with former Liberian President Charles Taylor and the Sierra Leonean rebels of the […]

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