Sierra Leone: UN-backed court has information war crimes suspects fled to Liberia

Sierra Leone: UN-backed court has information war crimes suspects fled to Liberia

The chief investigator at the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone appealed today to President Charles Taylor of Liberia to arrest two Sierra Leonean fugitives indicted for war crimes.

Alan White, the tribunal's Chief of Investigations said that Court investigators have received credible information that two of its indicted suspects - Johnny Paul Koromah and Sam Bockarie - are currently in Liberia.

Mr. White appealed to President Taylor to hand over the two fugitives, who were indicted along with five other suspects implicated in a decade's-worth of atrocities and human rights violations during Sierra Leone's brutal civil war. All had connections to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), and the charges involved acts ranging from murder, sexual slavery and rape, to forced conscription of children and attacks on UN peacekeepers.

Mr. White said his office was trying to reach out to West African leaders to obtain their help in securing a handover of the two suspects.