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Civil War: Finnish Judges ‘fetching’ witness testimonies from Liberia.


Around a quarter of a million people were killed between 1989 to 2003 in a conflict marked by brutal violence and rape..

Judges from Finland are digging up witness testimonies in Liberia and are touring the north of the country for a landmark trial against a warlord accused of committing atrocities in Liberia’s civil war.

Gibril Massaquoi is accused of responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity between 1999 and 2003 including murder, rape, and using child soldiers.


Massaquoi, 51, a former senior member of the Revolutionary United Front, has lived in Finland since 2008 but was arrested in March after a rights NGO investigated his record during the civil war.

The investigations could set a precedent as few have faced trial for war crimes committed in Liberia.

In a historic move, the Finnish judges are also hearing evidence on Liberian soil — the first time war-crime proceedings have taken place in the country.


“When we come from a totally different country, from a different part of the world, it’s difficult for us to imagine in what kind of circumstances, in what kind of environment the witnesses live,” said Finnish state prosecutor Tom Laitinen.

“Understanding that better helps us understand the witnesses better: so distances between places, seeing the houses, the places the witnesses have mentioned. So everything comes together and helps us to understand the case.”

Around a quarter of a million people were killed between 1989 to 2003 in a conflict marked by brutal violence and rape, often carried out by child soldiers.

Judges visited the northern village of Kamatahun on Thursday, an AFP journalist saw, and are due to continue on to the nearby village of Yandohun.


Fighters under Massaquoi’s command are accused of committing atrocities in both places.

In Yandohun, people told AFP that they welcomed the trial. Fighters torched the village in the 1990s, they said, and took away residents for forced labour in neighbouring Sierra Leone.



Ousmane Dembélé Arrives in Finland for Surgery

Ousmane Dembélé Arrives in Finland for Surgery as Barcelona Await News of Emergency Forward Search

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé has arrived in Finland for surgery on his torn hamstring, which is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season.

The 22-year-old has struggled badly with muscle injuries since moving to Camp Nou, managing just nine appearances this season before initially injuring his hamstring back in November – before tearing the muscle in training on his way back to fitness.

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If we are not inspired by this, then nothing else can – Laurie Idahosa reacts to youngest Finland prime minister.

…say, ladies should be inspired

Popular clergywoman, Laurie Idahosa has urged ladies to be inspired after a 34-year-old female politician was elected the world’s youngest Prime Minister in Finland.

Sanna Marin of Social Democratic Party of Finland became the world’s youngest Prime Minister after winning Sunday’s election to replace Prime Minister Antti Rinne who resigned earlier this month as he lost the confidence of the coalition partner Centre Party over his handling of a postal strike.

Reacting to Sanna Marin’s remarkable achievement, the mum of three who is married to clergyman, Feb Idahosa, wrote on Instagram: ‘If this doesn’t inspire us, ladies, I don’t know what will! Congratulations Finland on electing a female to serve as the world’s youngest Prime Minister. Congratulations Sanna Marin on this remarkable achievement!.’


Breaking – Finland Picks Youngest Ever Prime Minister Of Age 34.

…after antti rinne resigned

Finland’s Social Democrats elected a 34-year-old former transport minister to the post of Prime minister on Sunday, making her the youngest head of government in the country’s history.

Sanna Marin narrowly won Sunday’s vote to replace outgoing leader Antti Rinne, who resigned on Tuesday after losing the confidence of the coalition partner Centre Party over his handling of a postal strike.

“We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust,” Marin told reporters on Sunday night while deflecting questions about her age.

“I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”

At 34, Marin also becomes one of the world’s youngest state leaders, ahead of Ukraine’s prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is currently 35.

Former PM Antti Rinne had headed Finland’s centre-left five-party coalition since June, and Marin’s appointment is unlikely to lead to significant policy changes by the Social Democrat-led administration.

“We have a shared government programme which we have committed to,” Marin said.

The SDP won April’s legislative elections on promises to end years of economic belt-tightening introduced by the Centre Party to lift Finland out of a recession.

Rinne stepped down after several weeks of political crisis over a plan to cut wages for 700 postal workers.

Finland’s postal service withdrew the reform plans in November after widespread strikes, but questions emerged over whether or not Rinne had previously endorsed the cutbacks, leading to the Centre Party declaring it had lost its trust in the prime minister last Monday.

Parliament is expected to formally swear in the new prime minister on Tuesday.