Court Reduces Liberian Ex-Rebel Leader’s Life Sentence To 30 Years

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A French court has reduced the life sentence of Liberian former rebel leader, Kunti Kamara, to 30 years in prison for his role during Liberia’s civil war three decades ago.

At his first trial in 2022, following his arrest in France, he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and violence against civilians and given a life term, but appealed against the ruling.

Although the Paris criminal court reduced his sentence on Wednesday, it again found him guilty of the war-time crimes.

The prosecution had urged the court to uphold his life sentence.

Kamara was a regional commander of a faction of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy which fought the National Patriotic Front of former President Charles Taylor.

The conflict between 1989 and 2003 killed more than 250,000 people.