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UN-backed Court rejects Charles Taylors request

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former Liberian President, Charles Taylor,
former Liberian President, Charles Taylor,

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 26, 2015)-A Special UN-backed Court for Sierra Leone, has denied the request of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, to be transferred to Rwanda.

The court held the trial of Mr. Taylor in The Hague, Netherlands.

In its ruling, the court has ordered him (Mr. Taylor) to serve the rest of his jail term in the United Kingdom (UK) following his persistent requests for detention transfer.

In his argument, Mr. Taylor said:  “I have been denied of my rights to family life because my wife and children had not been granted UK visas.”

Western media quotes the judges as saying:  The family of Mr. Taylor had not properly applied.”

The UN-backed Court convicted the Liberian Leader of war crimes over his support for rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone .

Reports emanating from the court indicate that Mr. Taylor’s transfer to the UK was based on an agreement by authorities of the court that he could serve his jail sentence elsewhere after the investigation.

He was sentenced in 2012 and arrived in the UK last October, having unsuccessfully challenged the decision to be detained there.

Prior to his indictment, conviction and jail sentence in the UK, Mr. Taylor served as Leader of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).

“Ghankay”, as he was affectionately called by his loyalists during the brutal Liberian Civil War, won a landslide victory in the 1997 General and Presidential Elections and became Liberia’s 21st President.

 


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