A former commander of the defunct United Liberation Movement for Democracy in Liberia (ULIMO) has been arrested again, after being released in September last year from pre-trial detention in France, where he was being held for committing war crimes during the Liberian Civil War.
A Switzerland based human rights group, Cititas Maxima, , represents several Liberian witnesses who are civil parties in what will be France’s first war crimes trial.
Both former President Taylor and his son, Charles “Chuckie” Taylor, Jr. are serving prison terms for atrocities they committed. The father is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in Sierra Leone. He has never been held accountable for his crimes in Liberia. Meanwhile, his son—an American citizen—is serving a 97-year prison term for torture in Liberia under the Extraterritorial Torture Act of the United States. He led the notoriously violent Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU), known as the “Demon Forces,” from 1997 to 2003 during the presidency of his father.
Kunti K. is now back in pre-trial detention in Paris. The trial date is yet to be announced.