Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years
The Hague in the Netherlands has sentenced Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for crimes against humanity.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) based in The Hague, handed down the sentence much to the dismay of political activists who wanted Taylor to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
But, the SCSL said it was not authorised to issue capital or life punishments.
Taylor was influential in the civil war of Sierra Leone which left over 50,000 people dead.
He was charged on 11 counts of aiding and abetting rebels in return for shipments of conflict diamonds.
Charges included murder, rape, sexual slavery, recruiting child soldiers, enforced amputations and pillage.
He will likely serve out his sentence in a British prison after that country indicated it was willing to facilitate his sentence.
The civil war ran between 1991 and 2002.
Taylor armed rebels who followed through with what is dubbed as 'the most atrocious civil war on the African continent'.