Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Liberia-Nigeria: This was so forseeable!

And then there was none...
BBC NEWS | Africa | Taylor missing from Nigerian home: "Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor, who is wanted on war crimes charges, has disappeared from the villa where he lived in exile, Nigeria says.

All of those supposed to have been guarding him have been detained.

At the weekend, Nigeria said it would let him be arrested, but both Liberia and the US said Nigeria should send him to a UN-backed war crimes court.

Mr Taylor stepped down as president in 2003 under a deal to end the Liberian civil war, which he started in 1989.

He went into exile in Calabar, in south-eastern Nigeria.

The BBC's Mark Doyle in Freetown says there are powerful political forces at play over Mr Taylor's fate."
I mean the moment Nigeria said that Liberia had to make arrangements to come take him into custody in Nigeria - who does that? - one had to know this was likely to happen. Charles Taylor... has anyone seen "Lord of War"? Because although they changed his name to Andre Baptiste, the character seemed to embody fairly well what I think of this man. I would put him in jail just for what he did to Liberia, if it was up to me... but supporting RUF in Sierra Leone, that was the cherry on the death cake. I am against the death penalty, so I am not advocating he be killed, but he definitely does not deserve the comforts of a plush Nigerian exile, that's for sure. If he is innocent until proven guilty - which I defend to, as far as the law is concerned - then let him be trying to prove his innocence in Freetown, not in a villa in Calabar. Nigerian President Obasanjo is becoming a great disappointment, joining the band of forever loyal African heads of states, and that's no good news for any of us; because they are not loyal to their people, just each other. This is a potential mess in the making, we need to watch this carefully. Where is Charles Taylor? I wonder...

1 comment:

cynthia said...

I'm not surprised.

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