Man arrested in London on suspicion of war crimes relating to Liberian civil wars between 1989 and 2003 | UK News



A man has been arrested in London on suspicion of war crimes relating to the first and second Liberian civil wars between 1989 and 2003.

The 45-year-old was detained by officers from the Met Police War Crimes Team on suspicion of war crimes, contrary to section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001.

He was arrested in southeast London at around 7.20am on Thursday and has been taken into custody at a central London police station.

Police said the arrest follows an allegation of offences relating to the first and second civil wars in the African nation between 1989 and 2003.

Officers are searching an address in southeast London and inquiries are ongoing.

Up to a quarter of a million people were killed in the Liberian civil wars while thousands more were mutilated and raped.

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is serving 50 years in a British prison after being found guilty by an international tribunal of crimes against humanity.

His ex-wife Agnes Reeves Taylor was charged by British police with torture in 2017 but the case against her was dismissed two years later after a judge said there was a lack of evidence of governmental control at the time of the alleged crimes.



Sky News