Sierra Leone court verdict – Taylor guilty

BBC News

International judges have found former Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war.

Taylor, 64, has been on trial in The Hague at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone for almost five years.

He was accused of backing rebels who killed tens of thousands of people in Sierra Leone’s 1991-2002 civil war.

Taylor was convicted on 11 counts including terror, murder and rape – but cleared of ordering the crimes.

He is the first former head of state convicted by an international court since the Nuremburg military tribunal of Nazis after World War II.

Human rights groups described the judgement as historic.

“This is an incredibly significant decision,” Elise Keppler from the campaign group Human Rights Watch told the BBC.

Another group, Amnesty International, said the verdict sent an important message to all high-ranking state officials.  Read more…

One response to “Sierra Leone court verdict – Taylor guilty

  1. THERE IS NO NEED TO BAC A DICTATOR BECAUSE MR CHARLOS TAYLOR WAS COMPLETLY A DICTATOR SO WE MSNT JST STAY IDLE’ COS IF DIS HUZADIUOS MAN FOUND GUILTY; UPSOLUTLY WE;RE BLOKING UP DE MAJORITY

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