The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 July 2014

Liberia: I Will Be the First - Benoni Urey

A former official of the Taylor administration has called for the establishment of a War Crime Tribunal in Liberia to persecute individuals who participated in the Liberian civil crises. Former Maritime Commissioner Benoni Urey vowed to be the first to face the tribunal if established in Liberia.

"I want to be the first to voluntarily face a tribunal court in Liberia to exonerate myself of all allegations people claim they have on me at the Liberia Maritime Authority," he said.

Urey said those who brought the war on Liberians should be prosecuted by the court when established, noting that it was about time for Liberians to understand the planners and perpetrators of the war, as well as the suffering of the people of Liberia by facing the tribunal in Liberia.

According to him, his call is against the backdrop of allegations of financial support for the purchase of arms for former President Taylor and corruption at the Liberia Maritime Authority.

This is the first time for Urey to publicly support the establishment of a war crime court in Liberia. Special Court for Sierra Leone Chief Prosecutor, Brenda Hollis in 2010, disclosed that the United Nations Security Council may consider the establishment of a Special Court for Liberia.

Hollis, a national of the United States was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from February 16, 2010. She replaced Stephen Rapp; Hollis was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Special Court.

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