Charles Taylor backers threaten Britons in Liberia

Nov. 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The British government warned Thursday of the risks of traveling to Liberia because of threats made by supporters of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

"Taylor's supporters have warned that U.K. travelers in Liberia may be at risk of reprisal," the warning from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. "You should be vigilant and avoid discussing political issues."

The British advisory outlined few specifics about the threats.

"Liberia has become increasingly stable since the internal conflict ended in 2003, but the security situation remains fragile," it said.

An appeals court for the Special Court for Sierra Leone issued a unanimous decision in September to uphold the 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity filed against the former Liberian president.

At least 50,000 people were killed during the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone that ended in 2001. Taylor was sentenced by a U.N. special court in May 2012 to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces in the West African country during the conflict.

He was sentenced to serve his sentence in a British jail.

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