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Who is Kunti Kamara really? Accused of complicity in crimes against humanity, the smooth-headed man who has been appearing at the Paris court since Monday, October 10 has nothing, in appearance, of an African rebel leader, a powerful warlord. . With his dark jeans and black puffer jacket, the puny Liberian – he is 1.64m tall – shows up in the dock every day, looking at the courtroom with a smile, sometimes greeting an acquaintance or a gendarme. having already crossed his path.
“Mr. Kamara is a respectful, intelligent, discreet and sometimes withdrawn man”testifies at the bar Stéphanie Thiebaut, in charge of the personality investigation of the accused arrested in 2018 in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) where he was staying with a compatriot.
Is Kunti Kamara the former commander of the Liberian rebel group United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (Ulimo) which at the turn of the 1990s was opposed to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), led by Charles Taylor ? Aged 47 today, the one his men nicknamed ” CO Kunti ” (for ” commanding officer Kunti “) is accused of diving “in a state of terror” the people of Lofa, a diamond-rich county in northwestern Liberia, during the first civil war (1989-1996) that claimed 250,000 lives in this English-speaking West African country.
According to the indictment, Kunti Kamara was an accomplice to a “massive and systematic practice of torture or inhumane acts”. He would also have “tolerated” the gang rape of two young women repeatedly in an inspired program “both for political and ethnic reasons” in order to terrorize the population and “guarantee the economic exploitation of Lofa County by Ulimo”.
“The tabé torture”
Friday, October 14, the Assize Court of the Paris Court went back in time. She plunged into the darkness of a civil war marked by an escalation of atrocities “where, to give oneself power, one tears out the heart of a living man, puts it on the fire and eats it “, recalled Sabrina Delattre, lawyer for Civitas Maxima, an NGO at the origin of the complaint filed against Mr. Kamara in 2018, and whose goal is to fight against impunity for international crimes.
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