The Government has vowed to use Sinoe County’s Development Funds (CDF) to pay for damages caused by rioters at the Golden Verolum-Liberia (GVL) recently.At the Ministry of Information press briefing yesterday, Minister Lewis Brown explained that the relevant government authorities, including the Ministries of Justice and Labor have been directed to work with the GVL to carry out a full assessment of the damages to the concession’s properties. He said the government will use the Social or the County Development Fund to pay for properties damaged by the rioters.Minister Brown said the Liberia National Police (LNP) had begun a thorough search and seizure of operations in Butaw for the looted properties of GVL. During the incident several persons were held hostage, including the Minister of Gender, Julia Duncan-Cassell, who acted as Chairman of the Cabinet in the absence of the President from the country, and the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Varney Sirleaf.Minister Brown further disclosed that when the rioters or their ring leaders are found and properly identified they will be arrested along with anyone that harbored them. The retrieved looted properties will be returned to the company.“Authorities at the MOJ have also been instructed to press for additional charges including that of economic sabotage against such persons whenever applicable.” According to Min. Brown, the violence in Butaw does not threaten our peace and security. “It undermines our collective livelihood and unfairly portrays the country as an unsafe destination for foreign investments,” he pointed out. The government, he declared, had worked hard to return the country to an enviable place for foreign and domestic investments in order to create much needed jobs and improve the living conditions of its citizenry.The government will decisively and effectively resist any effort by anyone or any group either to alter our course or reverse the collective progress gained over the years by all Liberians, he emphasizedHe stated that “the government will not accept the misuse or abuse of international protocols to undermine its sovereign duties and responsibilities, thereby making it difficult, if not impossible, for her to meet the needs and fulfill the expectations of its people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But van Anraat argued he was unaware the materials would be used in chemical warfare, and that he was being unfairly targeted while countless others have not been prosecuted for supplying arms and military intelligence to Iraq. Although the court determined that the slaughter of thousands of Kurds in the villages constituted genocide, it said van Anraat could not be held responsible for genocide since his chemicals were delivered to Iraq before the mass killings began. He was instead found guilty of multiple counts of war crimes, violating the laws and customs of war and causing death and serious bodily harm to the whole or entire Kurdish population, said presiding Judge Roel van Rossum. The court also awarded total damages of $11,800 to 15 victims, the maximum under Dutch law applicable in the case. The defense said it would appeal the conviction. Van Anraat’s lawyers did not contest the occurrence of “awful crimes.” But they argued that, at worst, he had violated economic guidelines, not international humanitarian law. They said the time limit to prosecute those economic crimes has expired and the events occurred so long ago that witness statements were neither accurate nor reliable. THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A Dutch chemicals merchant was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for selling Saddam Hussein’s regime the materials used to kill thousands in lethal gas attacks on Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Frans van Anraat, 63, was not in the courtroom when the judges found him guilty of war crimes but acquitted him of genocide charges. Outside the courtroom, more than 100 Kurds sang, banged drums and danced in celebration. “I spoke to my family in Halabja and they cried with joy,” said Dana Habajal, who survived the March 16, 1988, poison gas attack on the Iraqi town that killed 5,000 Kurds. “I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say. I hope Saddam Hussein faces the same.” Prosecutors said van Anraat shipped at least 1,100 tons of chemicals to Iraq from 1986 to 1988 using a roundabout route that was meant to conceal the destination. The indictment said the lethal gas was used in attacks on the villages of Halabja, Goptata, Birjinni and Zewa with the intention of wiping out the ethnic Kurdish population. Van Rossum said the maximum penalty of 15 years was insufficient for the case, noting that van Anraat’s goods fed into a chemical weapons program that “made possible a large number of attacks on defenseless civilians.” He said van Anraat knew he was violating an export ban to Iraq and mislabeled shipments so as not to attract the attention of authorities. Van Anraat, 63, eluded justice for years, even though at one point he topped the CIA’s most wanted list and was detained at the request of U.S. authorities in Italy in 1989. He was released by an Italian judge who ruled the charges were politically motivated. He returned to the Netherlands following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!