Liberia’s 14 years of civil unrest has left indelible scars in the hearts of many- especially those innocent citizens who bore the brunt of the carnage. And the apparent lukewarm posture of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government in ensuring perpetrators of the war is brought to book has since left victims wondering.
One of many who suffered in the hands of dreaded rebel forces during the war is Emmett Tarsee, a former member of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
In an interview, Tarsee explained a horrible ordeal of how he and members of his family (Dad, brother) were tortured, beaten and killed by rebel forces of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) of former leader and now Senator Prince Y. Johnson.
He narrated “as a former member of Liberia National Police (LNP) who served for 5 years the Police Support Unit (PSU) as Chief Inspector, my career as a police officer took an unfavorable turn in August of 2018, when, in my capacity as a private citizen and victim of war, responded to a request from a notable human rights and accountability group ‘Civitas Maxima-Liberia’ to detail account about my dad’s torture and murder by men of Senator Prince Y. Johnson. And I was terminated and threatened”.
He said his sister Zainab was gang-raped and Brother Ahmed was beheaded and murdered by folks suspected to be connected to high ranking officials in the Liberian government including Sen. Prince Y. Johnson. “And those perpetrators have even threatened to harm my family for exposing an incident involving my father’s tortured and beheading on October 18, 1992”, he said.
“Imagine the identical perpetrator of such crime had openly threatened to torture me for refusing to stay quiet on how my dad was killed. We need a war crimes court in our country so that those people can pay for the crimes they committed which have suffered us”, he said.