Family of warlord president, Charles Taylor demand payment for his service
Family of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor are pushing for the payment of his constitutional rights, which the family claims have not been paid by the authorities since he resigned under duress and fled to Nigeria in 2003.
Taylor, 73, is serving a 50-year term in the United Kingdom for helping rebels in Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil conflict.
His family has filed a complaint in the West African regional body Ecowas’ court, demanding that the Liberian government pay up what it owes.
In a radio interview, Cyril Allen, the former chairman of Taylor’s National Patriotic Party, said it was appropriate to move to the regional court for redress because successive post-Taylor governments have showed little interest in paying the ex-benefits. president’s
“The best the government could do in this instance is to negotiate,” he said.
“Yes the economic situation in the country is not the best but the person must be given due respect, there must be some negotiation and discussions relative to the law,” Mr Allen added.
Former Liberian officials are entitled to various perks each year under Liberian law.
Before the Taylor family arrived in the Ecowas court, a member of the Taylor defense team told the BBC that they had “argued the issue before the entire bench of the Supreme Court in 2014 and 2018, but there has been no verdict” to date.
The status of the Taylor case will be determined by “checking the court docket,” according to a court official.