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Charles Taylor convicted of war crimes

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes.

Eyewitness News
World Politics

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.”

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