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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Liberia ex-President Charles Taylor get 50 years in prison

Via BBC

Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail for by a UN-backed war crimes court. Last month Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. The prosecution at the Special Court for Sierra Leone wanted an 80-year prison term, which the defence said was excessive.

Taylor, 64, insists he is innocent and is likely to appeal the sentence, correspondents say. The appeal process could last up to six months, the BBC's Anna Holligan in The Hague reports. 'Savage crimes'
During the sentencing, Judge Richard Lussick said the crimes in Sierra Leone were the most heinous in human history. In its landmark ruling in April, the Special Court for Sierra Leone found Taylor guilty on 11 counts, relating to atrocities that included rape and murder.
He became the first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremburg trials of Nazis after World War II.

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