Liberia has extended an invitation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help in the setting up of a court for prosecuting economic and war crimes. President George Weah made the request in a meeting with ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji in Nigeria.

The new court is intended to prosecute and find redress for crimes committed during the brutal civil wars of 1989-1996 and 1999-2003 which claimed about 250,000 lives, with thousands more mutilated and raped by child-soldiers commanded by warlords.

Public calls for the setting up of the specialized tribunal for the West African country has recently gained traction especially from civil society groups and traditional authorities. The move has been largely endorsed by members of the opposition Liberty Party who says it was “time to end the culture of impunity in our country.”