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Moses Blah, Charles Julu, Cyril Allen, Hezekiah Bowen & Joe Gbala To Testify This Week

Former President Moses Blah, ex-Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) chief of staffs, Retired Generals Charles Julu and Hezekiah Bowen and former NPP Chair Cyril Allen are amongst prominent Liberians to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC)this week.

Mr. Blah, will be the first to testify Monday before commissioners of the TRC to be followed Tuesday by Mr. Joe Gbala, an executive of the defunct Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and former managing director of the National Port Authority.

Retired General Hezekial Bowen will take the witness stand Wednesday and on Thursday Retired General Charles Julu will testify before commissioners of the TRC.

Former NPP Chairman Allen will climax the hearings for this week with his appearance on Friday.

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.

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