Sierra Leone’s War Victims: Letters Proved Sirleaf Funded Mayhem

Sierra Leone’s war Victims, left, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charles Taylor, right

WASHINGTON, DC – New damaging allegations to the character, stature and international reputation of outgoing Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have surfaced, as victims of the Sierra Leone’s war allegedly directed by Charles Taylor and led by the late Corporal Foday Sankoh have decided to pursue an international legal action against the Liberian leader and the ex-president of Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré

According to the victims, they feel compelled to bring legal actions against President Sirleaf and former Burkina Faso’s president Blaise Compaoré for financing and supporting the training and material acquisition of the NPFL rebels of Charles Taylor and the RUF rebels of the late Foday Sankoh.

The victim group says two letters from both Dr. Byron Tarr and the late Harry Greaves respectively indicate that Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf organized and financed the war that left them disfigured for life.   See links below for the letters:

TARR – Byron Tarr’s Letter to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – 1990

Harry Greaves’ Letter On ACDL’s fundraising – Scan 13-May

The victim group says Madam Sirleaf was the principal organizer of the NPFL, which in turn, was the parent organization of the RUF rebel group that conducted mayhem in Sierra Leone.

The victim group maintains that they feel compelled to bring legal action against Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Blaise Compaoré in the next few months because both would have been ex-presidents by January 2018. As such, they cannot hide under any immunity.

According to the group, they are seeking monetary compensation to initiate rehabilitation and economic programs to help their members who the Sierra Leone’s conflict has left disabled and made less human because of Madam Sirleaf’s political ambition and desire for wealth and power.

The leadership of the group says they initially had no plans to take such legal action because Taylor was already in prison in the UK and Sankoh had passed away in prison. However, they claimed that upon hearing news stories that Madam Sirleaf is supporting the return of Charles Taylor in West Africa they got infuriated. The group says its membership feels Madam Sirleaf is unkind to even think of supporting Charles Taylor’s wife and Taylor’s preferred candidate obtain power in Liberia so that Taylor can return to Liberia.

09 Jun 1990, Buchanan, Liberia — Charles Taylor, leader of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)

The group’s leaders Salamatu Corker and Brima Kabba say they are seeking out international lawyers to pursue legal actions seeking damages against President Sirleaf and ex-president Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso.

Globe Afrique is planning to reach out to the offices of President Sirleaf in Monrovia, Liberia and that of Blaise Compaoré in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast to obtain their side of these wide ranging allegations which have not been validated as of yet.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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