Charles Taylor verdict 'tip of the iceberg'

2012-04-26 14:18

Freetown - The guilty verdict in Charles Taylor's war crimes trial sent a message to high-ranking officials responsible for crimes that they would eventually face justice, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

"There is no doubt that today's verdict sends an important message to high-ranking state officials; no matter who you are or what position you hold, you will be brought to justice for crimes," said Brima Abdulai Sheriff, Amensty's Sierra Leone head.

While the conviction by the Special Court for Sierra Leone would bring some measure of justice for victims, Taylor and the others sentenced by the court are just the "tip of the iceberg", said Sheriff.

"Thousands of persons suspected of criminal responsibility for incidences of unlawful killings, rape and sexual violence, mutilations and the use of children in Sierra Leone's armed conflict have never been investigated, much less prosecuted."

"Sadly, only a limited number of Sierra Leone's thousands of victims who bear the terrible scars of the conflict have received reparations, despite the Lome Peace Accord and the clear recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission."

The verdict by the court, sitting in Leidschendam in the Netherlands, can also be seen as a reminder for Taylor's home country Liberia that those responsible for the crimes committed during its own conflict must be brought to justice, Amnesty said.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-26 14:33

    Well I hope they stick to their guns and this is not just lip service. There are many of these dictarial devils that need severe justice!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-26 15:12

      Let's see: Mugabe (Zim), King of Peodophiles(Swaziland), etc....

  • Buti - 2012-04-26 14:41

    When is George Bush going to court? Killed many innocent Iraqis over false accusations...

      Heiku - 2012-04-26 14:57

      I think everyone that voted for him in his second term should go to jail

      Anthony - 2012-04-26 15:01

      WHAT about rob, zuma, fatBOY......

      Hadebe - 2012-04-26 15:18

      N the apartheid regime politicians, the whole bunch. The atrocities done by taylor is nothing compared to what these scumbags have done here.

      colin.langley - 2012-04-26 15:20

      I agree Buti...Europe, Russia, Uk and USA have all have a lot to answer for regarding their foreign's shameful!

      colin.langley - 2012-04-26 15:25

      Yeah Hadebe...that should have happened...but two wrongs do not make a right. The politicians of the apartheid era have just been replaced by new black faces. And it's a fact that more people have been murdered post 1994 than during the apartheid era. Think before you shoot your mouth off. Violence solves nothing!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-26 16:32

      @Hadebe: While we're at it, why not your leaders too?

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-26 17:43

      Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000 Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine's famine) Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians WWII) Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908) 8,000,000 Charles Taylor (Liberia, 1989-1996) 220,000 Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe, 1982-87, Ndebele minority) 20,000

      James - 2012-04-26 19:13

      Hey Hadebe Prof Dunning Cornell U. proved that some people are too stupid to realise that they are stupid. Despite Aff action in US Black ave nett worth +-$2000 White +- $100,000. Apartheid built econ powerhouse in Africa, one man one vote is destroying it.The DNA/IQ 3/5th of a man challenged are their own worst enemies.

  • Robin - 2012-04-26 15:00

    Watch your step Mugabe!

  • mmoledis - 2012-04-26 15:15

    Let them face the mighty of law and hope also those who are responsible in Sudan will follow soon.

  • 009ICE - 2012-04-26 15:16

    I hope he really goes to jail?I would feed him to the shark deep in the sea.

      Robin - 2012-04-26 15:47

      Sharks are fussy in what they eat. Now fatboy Ju-Ju, THAT's a good juicy shark meal!

  • Atholl - 2012-04-26 18:43

    big bigger Huge Gigantic TERRAgantic thumbs up for Amnesty International !! the impact of this action will reverberate with more impact than any UN resolution.

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