Liberia. Despite the return to civilian government, Liberia
was described as a country where the residents lived under
great legal uncertainty. Both the official security forces
and the formally wounded militias were reported to take the
law into their own hands.
Countryaah, one of President Charles Taylor's rivals during the Civil
War, Crane People's Militia leader Roosevelt Johnson, was
accused in Taylor of August of posing a security threat. At
least 52 people were killed as Taylor's forces tried to
arrest Johnson and drive his militia away from an area in
the capital, Monrovia, where they terrorized the population.
Johnson took shelter at the US embassy but was allowed to
leave the country after a week. In November, he and 31
others were tried - most in his absence - for trying to
overthrow the president.
Following Johnson's escape, thousands of Kranhn refugees
were deported from Monrovia to southeast Liberia. Taylor in
October ordered that all Monrovia emergency camps be wound
up within three months and that the refugees return to their
After a period of tension in the border areas between Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Guinea as a result of the internal turmoil
in the countries, the three states' presidents signed in
November under a non-aggression agreement.