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"Zigzag Mazzah" To Testify At TRC Monday

Montserrado County, Liberia
31 January, 2009
Categorized as pertaining to: Hearings

Monrovia, February 1, 2009 (TRC): Public hearing of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) continues Monday with the appearance of a senior commander of Charles Taylor former government militia, Joseph D. Mazzah.

Mazzah, alias "Zigzag Mazzah" a once feared militia commander who testified against Mr. Taylor at his ongoing war crimes trial before the United Nations backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague is among several witnesses to testify at the commission's ongoing public hearings at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.

Also to appear Monday are former government commanders William Barclay and Eric Wongbay who will also testify about their roles in the Liberian conflict.

Their appearance is part of the ongoing "Contemporary History of the Conflict (1979-2003)" Institutional and Thematic Inquiry Public Hearings of the Commission.

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.


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