Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: UN Reports - No Information On Yeaten's Assets

The United Nations Panel of Experts says it has not obtained any information concerning Benjamin Yeaten's assets.

The UN Panel of Experts in its reports said it concurs with an assessment by the Government of Liberia (GoL) that it still consider Yeaten, a notorious commander of the dreaded erstwhile Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) under former President Charles G. Taylor, remains a threat to peace and security in Liberia and the subregion.

According to the UN Panel, because of his activities to recruit mercenaries in Liberia, the assets freeze pertaining to him (Yeaten) should be maintained.

It could be recalled that the GoL charged Yeaten with murder in absentia and issued an arrest warrant for him in 2009.

Yeaten is on the assets freeze and travel ban lists.

The Panel noted in its final report of 2011 that Yeaten recruited Liberian mercenaries on behalf of FRCI to fight in the Ivorian post-electoral conflict in late 2010 and early in 2011.

Yeaten reportedly conducted this operation from Côte d'Ivoire.

The Panel received persistent rumors in 2012 and 2013 that Yeaten was involved in recruiting Liberian mercenaries in Nimba county to fight against FRCI, and also to undermine stability in Liberia, but has not been able to independently verify this information.

The Panel says it has been informed on multiple occasions, in 2012 and 2013, by several high-ranking officials of the Government of Liberia that Yeaten resides in Togo.

The Panel points out that it has sought further details concerning Yeaten's possible residency, but has not been able to verify such information independently.

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