28 Apr '12, 6am

Monocolumn: Peace and justice don’t always arrive together

Charles Taylor left Liberia in style. Dressed all in white, promising a crowd of adoring supporters he would one day return, Taylor boarded a private jet to Nigeria where a comfortable life in exile awaited. Taylor’s departure – part of an internationally-backed agreement – enabled Liberia, a country devastated by civil war, to start on the bumpy road to democracy. Elections two years later brought in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female head of state and future Nobel Peace Prize winner. It was with Johnson Sirleaf’s blessing that the deal was undone. In 2006 she agreed that Taylor could face charges after all. He fled his villa in Calabar, southern Nigeria, but was arrested on the border trying to escape into Cameroon and was shipped off to Liberia, then onto the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown. Taylor’s conviction is a seminal moment in int...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2012/04/27/peace-and-ju...

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