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Special War Crimes Court rejects Taylors appeal

By Jonathan Grigsby
Mr. Charles Taylor , during the early days of the Liberian civil war
Mr. Charles Taylor , during the early days of the Liberian civil war

( 2013)-The United Nations-backed Special War Crimes Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague has rejected an appeal of war crime charges against former Liberian President, Charles Taylor.

The Court ruled that the former Liberian President’s conviction had been proven beyond doubt.

Justice George King of the Court said: “The original sentence of 50 years previously passed against Mr. Taylor for aiding rebels of the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in neighboring Sierra Leone, was fair and reasonable.”

The former Liberian Leader appeared impressive in the Court as the Judge upheld his conviction of the 50-year sentence.

The convict’s lawyers had argued that there were legal errors during his trial.

Former President Taylor was sentenced in May, 2012 for aiding the RUF rebels who committed atrocities during the Sierra Leonean Civil War.

Taylor was accused of supplying weapons to the then Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for a constant flow of “blood diamonds.”

He was found guilty of committing crimes against humanity, including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups, during that country’s civil war that lasted for 12 unbroken years (1991 to 2002).   

Mr. Taylor was the 21st Liberian President and former leader of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) which launched a full scale war to unseat Liberia’s 20th President, Samuel Kanyon Doe regime in 1989.

Prior to his ascendency to the Liberian presidency, Mr. Taylor, amid  unprecendeted  controversies, served as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA) during the Doe regime.


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