TAYLOR:WAR CRIME CHARGES ARE LIES


Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor has taken the stand for the first time at his war crimes trial in The Hague, dismissing the charges as “lies”.TAYLOR

He denies 11 counts at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, including terrorism, murder, rape and torture.The prosecution says he armed and directed rebel groups from Liberia in order to seize control of Sierra Leone’s diamond riches.Mr Taylor is the first African leader to be tried by an international court.

“It is quite incredible that such descriptions of me would come about,” he said in response to a question from his defence lawyer about charges of murder and rape.”It is very, very, very unfortunate that the prosecution, because of disinformation, misinformation, lies, rumours would associate me with such titles or descriptions.”

TAYLOR TIMELINE

  • 1989 Launches rebellion in Liberia
  • 1991 RUF rebellion starts in Sierra Leone
  • 1995 Peace deal signed
  • 1997 Elected president
  • 1999 Liberia’s Lurd rebels start insurrection to oust Taylor
  • June 2003 Arrest warrant issued
  • August 2003 Steps down, goes into exile in Nigeria
  • March 2006 Arrested, sent to Sierra Leone
  • June 2007 Trial opens in The Hague                                                                                                                                                         SOURCED FROM BBC

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