Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor

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 12


Koroma sacks top aide

We reported last September that Ibrahim Bah, the former warlord who worked with Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor and was under United Nations' sanctions, had brokered an introduction for France's MagForce International to Konteh, then Trade Minister (AC Vol 54 No 18, Bah reveals official links)...

Vol 55 N0 10


The men to follow Ellen

No such issues afflict Benoni Urey, who until December was subject to a United Nations' travel ban and assets freeze because of his past relationship with former President and now convicted war criminal Charles Taylor (AC Vol 43 No 9, UN gumshoes in Taylorland)...

Vol 55 N0 9


Family business under pressure

Soon after taking office in 2006, Johnson-Sirleaf promised to govern 'differently, decisively, breaking from the past', after the brutal regimes of President Charles Taylor and Samuel Doe, as well as 100 years of Americo-Liberian hegemony, when the country was dominated by a handful of families...

Vol 55 N0 7


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


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


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


Mid-term blues

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

Vol 54 N0 22


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


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


Bah reveals official links

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

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