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Vol 47 No 8

Published 14th April 2006


Taylor's trajectories

The coming trial will set a world precedent and embarrass politicians in Africa and the West

As daylight faded, the United Nations helicopter carrying Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor came in low and fast over the hills of Freetown, depositing the Liberian warlord president-turned-fugitive inside the compound of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The touchdown on 29 March was another blow against presidential immunity and a boost to the international justice system. The trial's outcome and consequences may prove as unpredictable as the prisoner.

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