Three weeks after a bloody military coup, life in Liberia is returning to normal.
GV PAN Former Budget Minister, Mr Frank Stewart being escorted into tribunal building in Monrovia by Liberian soldiers
SV INTERIOR Military tribunal seated
CU Prisoner standing before tribunal
GV Reporter and public seated behind prisoner PAN TO prisoners and tribunal
GV Liberian flag on pole outside tribunal building
LS Temple of Justice building with "Justice is done to all Men" written in large letters on the side
LS Presidential residence seen through gates
GV & LV Government building (2 shots)
LV PAN Four Liberian ships off the coast of Liberia
GV Monrovia street scenes
GV Main street with heavy traffic
GV Troops directing traffic PAN TO other traffic and street activity
SV Civilians and soldiers walking down street (3 shots)
SV People in market inspecting vegetables (2 shots)
GV People in vegetable market
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Background: Three weeks after a bloody military coup, life in Liberia is returning to normal. Shops and banks have re-opened, but there are still daily reminders of Master Sergeant Samuel Doe's coup, which - the new head of state says - put an end to the "corrupt regime" of his predecessor, President William Tolbert.
SYNOPSIS: The former Budget Minister, Frank Stewart, along with a number of his colleagues in the topple Tolbert administration, have been arrested and now face trial by a five-man military tribunal. Some 82 men are charged with corruption and high treason - offences which carry the death penalty, or at best, life imprisonment.
Most of the defendants have pleaded not guilty, and observers at the public hearings expect the tribunal to take about two months to reach verdicts in all cases. Members of the clergy in Liberia have sent appeals for clemency to the new President and members of his government, who moved into these buildings only days ago.
Economically, the country is still in upheaval. Liberia has the world's largest merchant navy, but a steady decline in value of its currency and a huge balance of payments deficit has hit hard at trade. African economic experts have attributed Liberia's economic difficulties as a major cause of the coup three weeks ago. Life is slowly settling down again to a normal routine, but the presence of troops in the wake of the military take-over is still felt in the streets of the capital. About two-thirds of Liberia's population lives in and around Monrovia, where a night-time curfew is still in force. Farm produce appears to reach the markets unhindered -important in a country where 90 percent of the economy is based on agriculture.