Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years in jail for war crimes

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(m) at 30-05-2012 11:49AM (7 years ago)

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    Judges at an international war crimes court have sentenced former Liberian president Charles Taylor to 50 years prison following his landmark conviction for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone who murdered and mutilated thousands during their country’s brutal civil war.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone found Mr. Taylor guilty last month on 11 charges of aiding and abetting the rebels who went on a bloody rampage during the decade-long war that ended in 2002 with more than 50,000 dead.
The 64-year-old warlord-turned-president became the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since the Second World War.
Prosecutors asked judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone to impose an 80-year sentence; Mr. Taylor’s lawyers urged judges to hand down a sentence that offered him some hope of release before he dies, the Associated Press reports.
Taylor will serve his sentence in a British prison.
He is expected, however, to appeal his convictions and will likely remain in jail in The Hague while the appeals process plays out.
At a sentencing hearing earlier this month, Mr. Taylor expressed “deepest sympathy” for the suffering of victims of atrocities in Sierra Leone, but insisted he had acted to help stabilize the West Africa region and claimed he never knowingly assisted in the commission of crimes.
“What I did … was done with honour,” he said. “I was convinced that unless there was peace in Sierra Leone, Liberia would not be able to move forward.”
However, judges ruled that Mr. Taylor armed and supplied the rebels in full knowledge they would likely use weapons to commit terrible crimes, in exchange for payments of “blood diamonds” often obtained by slave labour.
Prosecutors said there was no reason for leniency, given the extreme nature of the crimes, Mr. Taylor’s “greed” and misuse of his position of power.
“The purposely cruel and savage crimes committed included public executions and amputations of civilians, the display of decapitated heads at checkpoints, the killing and public disembowelment of a civilian whose intestines were then stretched across the road to make a check point, public rapes of women and girls, and people burned alive in their homes,” prosecutor Brenda Hollis wrote in a brief appealing for the 80-year sentence.
Taylor stepped down and fled into exile in Nigeria after being indicted by the court in 2003. He was finally arrested and sent to the Netherlands in 2006.
While the Sierra Leone court is based in that country’s capital, Freetown, Mr. Taylor’s trial is being staged in Leidschendam, a suburb of The Hague, Netherlands, for fear holding it in West Africa could destabilise the region.

Treasure2 (f) at 30-05-2012 11:53AM
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What....Are you sure that he is going to come out alife again???......Hope it will happen in this country one day
Idbabe (f) at 30-05-2012 11:54AM
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50 years?  They should kuku prepare burial ground dia for him at once
Merlin (m) at 30-05-2012 12:38PM
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Quote from: Idbabe on 30-05-2012 11:54AM
50 years?  They should kuku prepare burial ground dia for him at once
Grin Grin Grin Grin Very good for the vampire. At this rate he can never come out to perpetrate his wickedness again.
dizhadah (f) at 30-05-2012 12:54PM
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atumma (m) at 30-05-2012 12:59PM
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nonsence, get lost poster
hentec (m) at 30-05-2012 01:12PM
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Africa hv a long way 2 go, y can't him
judge in africa
Bettygirls (f) at 30-05-2012 01:15PM
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what? 50years? he should write his will if he had not done so
tosinshola (m) at 30-05-2012 01:27PM
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why not sentence him 2 death by hanging(oyinbo wth there mentality)
lanudja (f) at 30-05-2012 01:28PM
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Chai... its same as life in prison naa... whats d difference  Huh?  Shocked Shocked
jerterk (m) at 30-05-2012 01:35PM
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Those that kill by the sword will certainly die by it, Rot in Hell Taylor
kebella (f) at 30-05-2012 01:53PM
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Quote from: Idbabe on 30-05-2012 11:54AM
50 years?  They should kuku prepare burial ground dia for him at once
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

JalanJalan (m) at 30-05-2012 01:55PM
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Ecto (m) at 30-05-2012 02:44PM
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that is the world 4 U
BournIdentity (m) at 30-05-2012 02:52PM
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na wa oo
habiziz (m) at 30-05-2012 02:54PM
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50 wat? hes gonna be dead by then Undecided Lips Sealed
Sophyrocks (f) at 30-05-2012 03:09PM
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Yes. Let him rot his tyranic ass in jail.

sportyzander (m) at 30-05-2012 03:26PM
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next if he wants, he should stay for 100 years in jail
Neglito (m) at 30-05-2012 03:32PM
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OBJ BETRAYED HIM. He tricked him out of Liberia.
Solidstonez (f) at 30-05-2012 03:34PM
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

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