Delegation from Sierra Leone Special Court Pays Courtesy Call on Vice President Boakai.

Saturday, 27th January 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has re-echoed that the Liberian government neither influenced the establishment of the Special Court of Sierra Leone, nor played a role in the indictment of former president Charles Taylorís.

He said Mr. Taylorís indictment was beyond the Liberian governmentís jurisdiction, as it is an international issue that must be dealt with in line with international laws.

Vice President Boakai gave the clarification Saturday, when a two-man delegation from the Special Court of Sierra Leone,  accompanied by the National Coordinator of the Special Court of Sierra Leone outreach secretariat of Liberia, Mrs. Genevieve Freeman-Massa, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

Madam Binta Mansaray, Outreach Coordinator of the Special Court of Sierra Leone and Berold L. Hinds, Senior Security at the court, are in the country to create awareness and bring understanding about the court.

Vice President Boakai said the outreach exercise was commendable as it is important for people to know exactly what has happened. He added that the awareness exercise was also critical as Liberians and Sierra Leoneans move towards reconciliation and reconstruction.

In remarks, the Outreach Coordinator of the Special Court of Sierra Leone, Madam Binta Mansaray said like in Liberia where there is a perception that the government could have prevented Mr. Taylorís arrest and indictment, hard-line supporters of former Minister Hinga Norman are of the view that the Sierra Leone government could have intervened to stop Mr. Normanís arrest.

The Sierra Leone Special Court Outreach program comprises civil society groups of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

While in Liberia, Madam Mansaray and the Liberia Outreach secretariat will host talks shows and visit various parts of the country, including Nimba and Gbarnga, both former stronghold of Mr. Taylorís defunct rebel  NPFL, to disseminate information about the special court.

Also making remarks, the National Coordinator of the Liberia Outreach Secretariat for the Special Court of Sierra Leone, Mrs. FreemanĖMassa said for the most part information being spread about Mr. Taylor in Liberia are not reliable.