27 April, 2012

Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone: Charles Taylor convicted

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Addendum 30th May:  Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment for war crimes of the "utmost gravity in scale and brutality."  The Guardian 30th May.  See also the court's Press release.

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On 26th April, Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia, was convicted on all counts of an 11-count indictment which alleged that he was responsible for crimes committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. The Special Court for Sierra Leone’s Trial Chamber II found unanimously that Mr. Taylor aided and abetted Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) rebels in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone.  See Court's Judgment and the Press release.

Charles Ghankay Taylor
Taylor is the first Head of State to be indicted, tried and convicted by an international tribunal.  The Chamber has scheduled a sentencing hearing for Wednesday, 16 May 2012, and the sentencing judgement will be delivered on Wednesday, 30 May 2012. Under the Special Court Rules, sentences must be given in a specified term of years. The Special Court may not impose a life sentence or the death penalty.

Taylor was remanded