Charles Taylor to serve war crimes prison sentence in Britain

Oct. 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor will serve a 50-year sentence in Britain for aiding war crimes in Sierra Leone, the British Justice Ministry said.

The ministry did not provide a date for the transfer of Taylor, whose sentence was upheld two weeks by a U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, CNN reported Thursday.

Taylor was president of Liberia from 1997 until 2003, when he fled under pressure. He was convicted of supplying, encouraging rebels in Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror.

Another country such as Britain had to offer to enforce Taylor's sentence because the special tribunal doesn't have a prison facility.

Taylor, 65, was found guilty in 2012 of working with rebels in Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror that involved murder, rape, sexual slavery, looting and the recruitment of child soldiers.

He also was convicted of using Sierra Leone's diamond deposits to help fund its civil war with arms and guns while enriching himself with what are commonly known as "blood diamonds."

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