The trial of former Liberian rebel commander Kunti Kamara opens on Monday in a Paris court.
Mr Kamara, who is on trial under universal jurisdiction – an international law that recognizes that the prosecution of certain crimes transcends all borders – is accused of rape, murder, and torture during the country’s first civil war in the 1990s.
He denies the accusations.
“Since the start, Mr. Kunti Kamara has indicated that he has nothing to do with these events, that he is not involved in the crimes he’s accused of,” his lawyer is quoted as saying by French state-owned television France 24.
Mr. Kamara was arrested in France in 2018.