Former Liberian Rebel Leader Alieu Kosiah of The United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy, “ULIMO” Arrested in Switzerland.
A former Liberian rebel leader Alieu Kosiah wanted for crimes committed during Liberia civil war 1989-1996 has been arrested in Switzerland, the Civitas Maxima organization reported Friday. In a press release received by Hirondelle News, the organization explained that Alieu Kosiah’s arrest was only announced Thursday, whereas he was detained on November 10.
Alieu Kosiah is a former commander of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy, ULIMO. He is suspected of participating in war crimes committed in the Lofa district of northwest Liberia between 1993 and 1995. Alieu Kosiah is the first ULIMO leader to be arrested for crimes committed during the Liberian civil war following the arrest of Martina Johnson in Belgium last September 2014.
Martina Johnson was a commander in the National Patriotic Front of Liberia NPFL, the former armed group of former warlord Charles Taylor who was sentenced to 50 years by the special UN war crimes court. He is currently serving his sentence in the UK.