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Former President Taylor finally transferred to UKs Prison

By Jonathan Grigsby
Liberia former President, Charles Taylor being taken to a British prison where he will serve his fifty years.
Liberia former President, Charles Taylor being taken to a British prison where he will serve his fifty years.

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Oct.15/2013) Former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, has finally been transferred to the United Kingdom to serve the rest of his 50-year prison sentence for war crimes.

Taylor had earlier asked the United Nations-backed Special Sierra Leone Court in The Hague to serve his jail term in Rwanda instead.

Reports say Mr. Taylor was handed over to representatives of the United Kingdom Prison Service after his plane landed in that European country from The Hague, the Netherlands.

The former Liberian Leader was sentenced in May, 2012 for aiding rebels of the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Mr. Taylor served as former Leader of the main rebels of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) which launched a full-scale war on the Samuel Kanyon Doe-regime, Liberia’s 20th President on December 24, 1989.

Following a 14-year of civil conflict which left the Liberia devastated, coupled with the loss of thousands of lives, Mr. Taylor became Liberia’s 21st President in 1997 in a highly contested Presidential Election.

Charles Taylor relinquished power and he was succeeded by his then Vice President, Moses Z. Blah in 2003.

Prior to his ascendancy to the nation’s highest office,
Mr. Taylor also served as former Director-General of the General Services Agency (GSA). 

 


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