Monrovia, October 5, 2008 (TRC): Former Justice Minister Winston Tubman, defunct rebel MODEL vice chairman, Boi Bleaju Boi and former Transport Minister Melvin Sogbandi are amongst several prominent Liberians to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) next week.
Mr. Tubman, will be the first to testify Monday to be followed Tuesday by Mr. Archie Williams, Chairman of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority. Mr. Williams participated in an abortive invasion on November 12, 1985 led by slain People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Commanding General Thomas Quiwonkpa to oust the government of President Samuel Kanyon Doe.
General Melvin A. Sogbandi, then Chief of Staff of the Marine Division of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia, will take the witness stand Wednesday and on Thursday General Bleaju Boi will testify before commissioners of the TRC.
Businessman Edward Slanger, will climax the hearings for the week with his appearance on Friday. Mr. Slanger, a former officer of the AFL reportedly captured and killed former commanding general Quiwonkpa following the November 12 abortive invasion.
Their appearance is part of the ongoing “Contemporary History of the Conflict (1979-2003)” Institutional and Thematic Inquiry Hearings of the Commission at the historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
Under the theme: “Understanding the Conflict Through its Principal Events and Actors,” the ongoing hearings are addressing the root causes of the conflict, including its military and political dimensions.
The hearings are focused on events between 1979 and 2003 and the national and external actors that helped to shape those events.
The TRC was agreed upon in the August 2003 peace agreement and created by the TRC Act of 2005. The TRC was established to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation,” and at the same time make it possible to hold perpetrators accountable for gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and October 2003.