Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor
Liberia

Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor

Former President (1997-2003)

Date of Birth: 28/01/1948
Place of Birth: Arthington

Education: Economics, Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1977.

Career: National Chairman, Union of Liberian Associations; Director of Government Purchasing, 1980-83; Head of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, 1989; President of Liberia, 1997-2003.

Commentary: Following his arrest in 2006, Charles Taylor has quickly become a pariah in Sub-Saharan Africa. Indicted by the Sierra Leonean Special Courts, his trial is taking place in the Hague rather than in Freetown because of the risk of political destabilization in Sierra Leone and since no West African country wanted to take him in. He is charged with committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international humanitarian law.
His trial marks the first time that an African ruler, forced from power by a combination of diplomacy and military pressure, has faced an internationally recognised court.



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Vol 55 N0 7

BURKINA FASO

Tight spot for Blaise

Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Compaoré backed convicted war criminal Charles Taylor and the late rebel leader Foday Sankoh, are not viable options, while Chadian ex-President Hissène Habré’s trial in Senegal shows that is not a possible destination...

Vol 55 N0 4

CÔTE D'IVOIRE | LIBERIA

The price of peace

The group also had connections to the Krahn-dominated Movement for Democracy in Liberia (Model), one of the militias that fought ex-President Charles Taylor shortly before he went into exile in Nigeria...

Vol 55 N0 3

MALI

Peace process slows down

Its many Malian critics are quick to point out that the country of ancient empires is not a broken-down failed state, like Liberia after Charles Taylor...

Vol 55 N0 2

LIBERIA

Mid-term blues

including convicted ex-President Charles Taylor’s former ally, Prince Yormie Johnson, in Nimba County...

Vol 54 N0 22

LIBERIA

Feted and berated

One such is Cyril Allen, former Chairman of the National Patriotic Party of ex-President Charles Taylor, now in prison in Britain (AC Vol 54 No 20, Taylor goes down alone), Allen was Taylor’s Finance Minister and as a result the UN put him under a travel ban and an assets freeze in 2004...

Vol 54 N0 20

LIBERIA | AFRICA

Taylor goes down alone

The Special Court for Sierra Leone's confirmation on 26 September of the 50-year sentence for war crimes of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, comes as African governments are demanding far-reaching changes in the nascent system of international justice...

Vol 54 N0 18

SIERRA LEONE

Bah reveals official links

Burkinabè President Blaise Compaoré supported Charles Taylor and the RUF and had been close to its top officers, including Bah...

Vol 54 N0 17

SIERRA LEONE

Koroma helps warlord escape trial

Bah, a close ally of convicted mass murderer Charles Taylor, faces charges of major human rights abuses in connection with the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia...

Once Africa Confidential first revealed Bah’s location, lawyers and investigators familiar with the evidence before the Special Court on Sierra Leone – the tribunal which sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison – realised there was enough evidence against Bah in their archives to present to a court...

Vol 54 N0 15

SIERRA LEONE

Bah humbug

The former key financier, middleman and arms merchant for Liberian warlord Charles Taylor’s forces has no guards to prevent him leaving the house...

Vol 54 N0 10

SIERRA LEONE

Impunity in Freetown

Africa Confidential has discovered the whereabouts of one of the key financiers and middlemen who worked for the Liberian ex-President and convicted war criminal, Charles Taylor, during the Sierra Leonean civil war...

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