Last Updated on June 19, 2021 by MyGh.Online
A Swiss Court has sentenced Alieu Kosiah for war crimes in Liberia.
He was sentenced for rape and murder during the decade-plus Liberian civil war.
Kosiah becomes the first Liberian to be jailed in Switzerland for the war in Liberia.
An estimated 250,000 people were killed during the Liberian civil war between 1989 and 2003.
The laws of Switzerland recognize the principle of universal Justice which means any person accused of high-profile crimes elsewhere can be tried in its courts.
In 2011, a Swiss law came into effect, allowing prosecution for war crimes committed anywhere in the world.
Kosiah is aged 46. He was a rebel commander during the Liberian civil war.
In 2014, he fled to Switzerland and was subsequently arrested there.
He has already served six years in detention and those years, according to a report by BBC, are to be deducted from his 20 years sentence.
Accordingly, the court in the Swiss City of Bellinzona found him guilty of 21 out of the 25 charges that he originally faced.
The charges included:
• ordering the killing of 13 civilians and two unarmed soldiers
• murdering four civilians
• raping a civilian
• repeated orders to loot
• using a child soldier in armed hostilities
He reportedly committed the crimes while fighting for the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy rebel group against Charles Taylor’s troops in the remote Lofa County in the 1990s.