US Court Sentences Former Liberian Warlord to 30 Years


Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, given lengthy jail term owing to nature of crimes he sought to hide.

A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a groundbreaking judgment by a US court for lying about his role in Liberia’ civil war and the atrocities he committed.

The decision prompted jubilation and celebration among Jabbateh’s victims in Liberia.

“It was very special for them. There is such impunity in Liberia for perpetrators of very serious crimes that this was very empowering,” said Alain Werner, the director of Civitas-Maxima, a network of international lawyers which assisted prosecutors in the Jabbateh case.

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