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Charles Taylor Guilty of Sierra Leone War Crimes

Bloomberg  April 26, 2012

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty by an international tribunal for supporting fighters to commit atrocities during an 11-year civil war in neigboring Sierra Leone.

Sentencing will take place on May 30, Justice Richard Lussick said after a more than two hour-long reading of the court’s verdict in The Hague.

Taylor, 64, is the first former head of state to be convicted by an international court for war crimes since World War Two. He was charged with 11 counts, including terrorizing civilians, murder, rape and kidnapping children to use as soldiers, according to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which was set up by the west African nation and the United Nations in 2002.

The verdict is a “stark warning to other heads of state who are committing similar crimes, or contemplating doing so,”Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in an e-mailed statement from Geneva. “This is undoubtedly a historic moment in the development of international justice.”

Taylor’s trial has been held at the International Criminal Court in The Hague since 2007 because of security reasons

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