Hint of Charles Taylor link may yet hurt Liberia’s would-be king

George Weah leading presidential race, but any link to war criminal likely to do harm

George Weah at home on Rehab Road, Paynesville suburb, Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

George Weah at home on Rehab Road, Paynesville suburb, Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

There’s a kerfuffle in the court of King George. Ex-soccer star George Weah, who is leading the race to become Liberia’s next president, has just issued a clear message to war criminal Charles Taylor – and his aides are not happy.

Liberia is moving on. I wish you all the best,” he says, his words aimed directly at Taylor. Several of his staff rush forward to cut short the interview with The Irish Times. But Weah rebukes his entourage, insisting he has nothing to hide.

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