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Vol 54 No 20

Published 4th October 2013


Taylor goes down alone

Taylor loses his appeal against war crimes conviction as governments demand changes in international courts

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. The Court had found Taylor guilty of crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's 11-year war in which over 50,000 people were killed and tens of thousands more had their hands or limbs cut off by militias such as the Revolutionary United Front, many of whose fighters were under his control.

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