The Economist quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the arrest in the United States of one of the main figures in Liberia’s civil war:

Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, says this is a positive move. “Even if United States law only permits him to be charged with ‘technical’ offenses rather than the underlying war crimes, it is a measure of justice for the hundreds of thousands of victims of the cycle of violence he helped unleash.” he says of Mr Woewiyu’s case. While some Liberians welcome the arrest, others see it as politically motivated, and a form of selective justice that undermines Liberian sovereignty. “He should be tried here,” says youth activist Mamasie Kabba.

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