Crime does not pay and for those who convincingly think into believing that crime inflicted on others with emphasis on those innocent and defendless, by extension waged terror on them, wherein so many are murdered, maimed including the commissioning of mayhem, rape, atrocities to the highest proportion including wanton destructions of factors of production with no cogent justification coupled with restless assassination of leader of a sovereign nation, bearing the killer tag of “mercenary”, no matter how long it will take in spite of the cover enjoyed, the long arm of the law and the ever-green undefeatable determination and courage of justice, will find and drag same to have their day in the court of competition jurisdiction .
Wherein, if violence committed abroad is wrong and condemned, then violence committed at home is very wrong too, condemnable and punishable.. Violence cannot be looked at in two different settings, with one being referred to as sweet violence and the other declared bitter violence-violence is violence no matter where is committed nor the perpetrators.
The Nuremburg trial of those who committed serious crimes against humanity, despite the longitude in capturing most of them, indeed, they ran out of luck and were brought to face the music of justice for their roles played in the destructions of mankind, mainly the Jews and what went on gruesomely with them (Jews) in the various inhumane gas chambers and the sanctioned act of annihilation meted out against the Jewish race which later became qualified as a War C rime.
Today, it would appear to be a mortal sin whenever the call for the establishment of a war crime court in Liberia is sounded; warlords become very furor and start to say all sorts of threatening things to intimidate and scare the people to back off from such most needed and expedient venture to serve as a detriment for any potential elements with vested interest in bloodbath. Some of them being very weak schemers propound that to engage in the business of war crime court will only result into the diffident of more anarchy, and since the people are enjoying yearning-for-peace, they are very satisfied with it , and as they pick up the pieces of their war-shattered lives; no one should ever dream of inciting them to do otherwise. However, what they are not at all alluding to in the same vein is that there can be no lasting peace without first assuring that justice is served impartially to establish the cause and effect of the war including all the damages done both to lives and properties.
Here is the hypocritical irony. Besides one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations that a war crime court be established to try all those responsible for the commission of hideous crimes during the civil war; many others became advocates for the establishment of the war crime court in Liberia, and cardinal of those chanting for the establishment of the war crime court was the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) while still in the opposition community and being the most forceful and mass-based party, adopted the latter as a major plank in its political platform; despite the many factitious and comical showcase performed in the name of establishment of the war crime court, immediately upon the ascendency of the CDC to the helm of state power; talking about the erection of the war crime court was tantamount to calling the name of the Lord in vain and by extension. a complete taboo. Now the lyrics around from the government is why now? What was it not done in the previous regime? The motive for establishing the war crime court in our time is not feasible and can be done in another regime. Oh yes, how soon do people forget! Wasn’t it yesterday that it all war crime all the way…?
However, after a long drag and delay in the assassination saga of Bokina Faso’s leader Thomas Sankara in 1987 it has transformed into truth crushed to the ground is about to rise again through the tireless efforts o the victim’s wife and lawyer to ensure that they reach the bottom of the assassination and all actors culpable be given their day in court to exonerate themselves and to the contrary, face the wrath of justice.
The stage is gradually being set into motion wherein when you haul rope, rope will haul bush to town. The trial of Tom Sankara could also serve as an impetus and energizer for the rapid establishment of the war crime court in Liberia considering that that if violence is committed abroad is wrong, condemned and punishable then obviously, violence committed at home is equally so wrong, condemnable and punishable without second thought for peace enjoys perpetual satisfaction when justice openly presides and settled without further lingering qualms to be harbored. In the Sankara’s assassination episode, it was alleged that some group of mercenary from West Africa was reportedly ordered by Blaise Charles Compaore, the number two man in command to eliminate Tom Sankara.
As the ghost of slain revolutionary leader Tom Sankara of Bokina Faso breaks its banks in full scale of seeking justice; and while such overly suppressed and depressed development has not been given a light of day it would appear that some suspicious heavyweight far away is no longer at ease knowing that if one pulls rope, rope will definitely haul bush.
Investigation into the death of the charismatic and revolutionary leader emanating from a military coup reportedly staged by Blaise Charles Compaore in alleged collaboration with mercenaries from some West African country, has been delayed for decades; but now, with the family and other concerned supporters vigorously pursuing the case to get to the bottom of how and who were the murderers; it is becoming glaring that justice delayed is not justice denied; and in the Liberian parlance six days for rogue one day for the master.
Again, this has been an open secret with the story being opem told and discussed allegedly implicating Prince Y. Johnson of being linked to the assassination of Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso. Also reportedly linked to the assassination is Charles Ghankay Taylor now serving a 50-yr. jail sentence in a British prison for crime in Sierra Leone
Liberia/Burkina Faso – RFI exclusive
It can be recalled that the Radio France International (RFI) published an interview with Prince Y. Johnson on the assassination of Sankara The headline of the interview Liberian general implicates Burkina Faso President in predecessor’s assassination
Article published on the 2008-10-27 Latest update 2008-10-28 09:50 TU
The current President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, apparently ordered the assassination of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, in 1987 before taking office himself, former Liberian guerrilla leader Prince Johnson told RFI in Monrovia on Sunday.
Compaoré, who was Sankara’s number two at the time of the 1987 coup d’état, has always denied having any role in the killing.
Prince Johnson, along with a group of Liberian mercenaries, were in Burkina Faso at the time to plot a coup in their own country when they were contacted by Compaoré
“The number two, Blaise Compaoré, asked for help in removing Thomas Sankara from power,” Johnson said in an interview with RFI’s French-language service.
“He said that it was the only way for us to live safely in Burkina. And Sankara was killed. We did it because it was the only way for us to stay in Burkina and prepare our attack against [Then President of Liberia Samuel] Doe,” he said.
“We didn’t want to be sent back to Liberia where we’d be chased by the police, so we were obliged to carry out the request of the number two, Blaise Compaoré, and oust Sankara from power. This is how he came to be assassinated.”
“Blaise Compaoré was everything. He controlled the emergency services, the Special Forces and the commandos were responsible for the presidential palace. So it was easy to get inside.”
Burkina Faso’s government spokesperson, Philippe Sawadogo, denied the accusations that he called “fabrications” that were “based on elements not worthy of fiction.”
Sawadogo claims that Johnson’s accusations are simply attempts to scuttle the diplomatic talks that were recently started between the two West African neighbours.
Johnson had already admitted to being involved in Sankara’s assassination during testimony at Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in August, though he wouldn’t divulge who was giving the orders.
In a related development please find below an alleged documentay published regarding the reported assassination of Thomas Sankara. Excerpts:
Astounding allegations have come forth about the 1987 assassination of the former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, through a documentary aired on Italy’s public channel RAI3. The documentary, entitled ‘African Shadows’ and by Silvestro Montanaro, details the alleged links of the American and French secret services to Sankara’s assassins and the involvement of the current President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré. This week’s Pambazuka News brings you the striking three-part transcript of the recent documentary, featuring the testimonies of well-known Liberian figures. Pambazuka
The original testimonies are in english but there are not available neither on line yet, not even transcripted, because these are liberians people wich speak in the film. The film has been played in italian on public’s italian TV the RAI3 TV. He testimones were published first in italian and then translated in french by thomassankara.net web site. This version has been translated in english from french by by Josh Ogada for Pambazuka. You can watch to the film at http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/… thomassankara.net’s administrator
NARRATOR: This is an intriguing international issue. I am meeting with Liberian Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, ex-wife of Charles Taylor.
SILVESTRO: Do you think that people should be worried if Taylor tells ‘the truth’? Should important people?
LADY: Yes, absolutely. I am sure of it…
SILVESTRO: Very important people?
LADY: For sure. There is a part of this story that has remained hidden, even from me. I am certain that he still holds secrets. How did he leave the US? What deal did he make with Ghaddafi in order to train in Libya? Who were his friends, and what information did they give him?
MOMO: He had lots of friends in the US…
SILVESTRO: Important people?
MOMO. Yes, certainly, business people.
SILVESTRO: Can you give me any names?
MOMO: Ah, no. I cannot divulge their names. I am not a fool… He had friends in diplomatic circles, who have gone underground, but I know who they are, and that they would not be happy if I spoke out. Taylor did not drop out of the sky just like that. From prison to Liberia. It is them who sent him to Liberia, and they are very aware of this fact!
NARRATOR: This gentleman, also considered a war criminal by the UN, was Taylor’s aide-de-camp. Today, General Momo Jiba – one of those who know the real story – gives us a glimpse of the goings-on during the reign of Charles Taylor.
SILVESTRO: Who sent him here?
MOMO: Those who sent him know themselves. The big hand. They know everything. He did not come here alone. Taylor was in prison in the US … and all of a sudden, he was in Monrovia. How did he get out of a US prison? How was he able to escape?
SILVESTRO: The CIA?
MOMO: Eh heh… I cannot say it … a big hand, The Big Hand.
HISTORIAN: What happened in the US with Charles Taylor is quite a remarkable story.
NARRATOR: Liberia’s current minister of posts and telecommunications, Marcus Dahn, is also one the country’s pre-eminent historians. He also suspects a third force behind Taylor’s escape.
HISTORIAN: Taylor fled Liberia after President Doe accused him of stealing millions of dollars from state coffers. He was arrested and was due for extradition to Liberia. It is noteworthy that Taylor’s lawyer, Ramsey, one of the best in the country, was attorney general under Jimmy Carter. Taylor was incarcerated at a federal prison in Massachusetts, one of the most secure. It seems to me especially difficult to escape from a federal prison…
Taylor managed to escape, to come back here and launch a revolution to depose Samuel Doe.
BLEAH: It is impossible to escape form such a facility without someone’s assistance. Taylor was not a little bird. Neither was he God, or a spirit.
NARRATOR: Mose Bleah was Taylor’s vice-president, and one of his top aides. When Taylor fled, he became president for a period of a few months.
BLEAH: Many people, including some who currently occupy important posts in the government, helped us. Even our current president admitted to having assisted Taylor, and having given him financial assistance at the time.
SILVESTRO: But it was mostly the Americans…
BLEAH: Certainly … yes…
SILVESTRO: In what way?
BLEAH: How can I explain this to you… Our godfather – since some of us Liberians consider ourselves a province of the US – helped us. The US consented to Taylor becoming president.
ALLEN: You must understand that the leaders of the NPFL [National Patriotic Front of Liberia] chose Taylor. The leadership of the NPFL included the likes of Mrs Ellen Sirleaf, the current president.
NARRATOR: Cyril Allen was a leading figure in Taylor’s party, former head of the National Petroleum corporation and is now one of the top names on the UN’s blacklist.
ALLEN: They were seeking help in toppling Samuel Doe. So the Americans asked whom they had chosen to lead their revolution. Their response was immediate and unequivocal; we have a Liberian who has a bone to pick with Samuel Doe. This man has a brilliant military mind, he is intelligent and courageous… Unfortunately, he is in one of your prisons. We ask that you to let him go so he can lead the revolution. They complied, and there Taylor was…
SILVESTRO: They agreed?
ALLEN: Of course, they made it possible for Taylor to escape.
MINISTER DOE: You need to find out from the State Department, from the highest levels of the CIA, the FBI, and the political establishment … they know what happened. Listen, I never want find myself in the American prison system. It is practically impossible to escape. Incredibly, Taylor managed to escape. Who was Taylor’s lawyer? Ramsey Clark, former US attorney general and one of the most powerful men in the world.
Taylor escapes from prison in Boston and the next thing we know, Taylor is in Africa. When Taylor got here, he had a sack-load of money. We enquired into the origins of the initial US$25,000. I had all this information on my computer, but unknown individuals destroyed it. Luckily, a friend of mine kept copies. One of the signatures on the document was that of the current president, and the other was, well, an American.
SILVESTRO: Where were you trained, prepared?
MOMO: I was trained…
SILVESTRO: Please be truthful.
MOMO: Yes… in Libya.
Sivlestro: Who trained you?
MOMO: He he, good question…
SILVESTRO: What kind of instructors did you have? Where were they from? Which country? Please be honest.
MOMO: I cannot reveal that on camera, it is top-secret. But they were definitely instructors.
SILVESTRO: Who supplied you with arm MOMO: For combat?
MOMO: He he.
SILVESTRO: The same people?
MOMO: No, no, it was a revolution, we provided for ourselves. Nobody gave us anything. President Taylor used his own resources.
NARRATOR: At this point, I ask the filming crew to leave and return with a hidden television camera.
SILVESTRO: So, who was it that trained you?
-Writes GDJ with RFI’s published Interview and a Pambazuka Documentary.
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