Email a Friend
Charles Taylor convicted of war crimes
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes.
THE HAGUE - A United Nations backed Sierra Leone court convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes on Thursday, the first African head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal.
Taylor, 64, was charged with murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in which more than 50,000 people were killed.
The court found him guilty of only some of the charges.
Justice Richard Lussick handed down the court verdict.
“The trial chamber has found that the prosecution has proved, without a reasonable doubt, that Liberian fighters engaged in unlawful widespread taking of civilian property in various locations.”
Blast in northwest Baghdad claimed by Islamic State kills at least six
What working too hard can do to your health
Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul attack, 80 dead
Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack
Thai police charge two eightyearold girls who tore down pink lists
Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree