Wednesday, 30 May 2012

How are the Mighty Fallen... Charles Taylor gets 50yrs

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AFP) – A UN-backed war crimes court sentenced Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor to 50 years in jail Wednesday for arming rebels in Sierra Leone in return for “blood diamonds”.
Taylor, 64, was convicted last month of all 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for aiding and abetting Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during the country’s brutal 1991-2001 civil war.
In return, the court said, he was paid in diamonds mined by slave labour in areas under control of the rebels, who murdered, raped and kept sex slaves, hacked off limbs and forced children under 15 to fight.
“The accused has been found responsible for aiding and abetting some of the most heinous crimes in human history,” said Special Court for Sierra Leone judge Richard Lussick on Wednesday.
“The trial chamber unanimously sentences you to a single term of imprisonment for 50 years on all counts,” the judge said as he announced the ruling of the court based at Leidschendam, just outside The Hague.

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