Regarding the April 26 front-page article “A milestone in quest for global justice”:
Costly and cumbersome, the Special Court for Sierra Leone is probably not the ideal model for future international human rights tribunals. Nonetheless, two decades after the crimes in question and following nearly five years of legal debate, the court finally provided some small measure of justice to the countless victims of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Having witnessed the savagery and suffering of the intertwined wars of Liberia and Sierra Leone as a relief worker, I cannot imagine a punishment harsh enough for this criminal. One hopes the special court will hand down a sentence that keeps Mr. Taylor behind bars to reflect on his sins for the remainder of his natural life.
Chris Hennemeyer, Silver Spring
With the conviction of Charles Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone [“Ex-Liberian leader found guilty of war crimes,” news story, April 27], perhaps now is a good time to remind him of his responsibility for the murder of five American nuns. In 1992, during the siege of Monrovia as part of an effort to terrorize and intimidate the local population, five American nuns and others working with the Catholic Church in an outlying part of the capital were killed, allegedly by rebels controlling the area under Mr. Taylor’s command.
Mr. Taylor has yet to be tried for any war crimes or crimes against humanity committed in Liberia from 1990 to 2003. While Liberia works to rebuild its justice system in the wake of Mr. Taylor’s departure from power, the U.S. attorney general needs to achieve justice for these Americans murdered almost two decades ago.