Hague court convicts Taylor of crimes in Sierra Leone

By REUTERS

THE HAGUE: A United Nations-backed court convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity, the first time a head of state has been found guilty by an international tribunal since the Nazi trials at Nuremberg.

Taylor, 64, had been charged with 11 counts of murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, during which more than 50,000 people were killed.

The first African leader to stand trial for war crimes, Taylor was accused of directing Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in a campaign of terror to plunder Sierra Leone’s diamond mines for profit and weapons trading.

“The accused is criminally responsible … for aiding and abetting in the crimes,” Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said as he read out the court’s decision.

Taylor was found guilty of providing weapons, food, medical supplies, fuel and equipment to forces in Sierra Leone which committed atrocities, but not of having ordered or planned the crimes.

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

Categories: Africa, Sierra Leone, Western Africa

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  1. We patiently wait that also white war criminals will be brought to justice – white ex Presidents …
    Like the one who was scared to visit Geneva last year… in fear of being arrested…

  2. From an article in The Daily Star Lebanon: “No to double standards on global thugs”: “The Taylor conviction represents the most dramatic example to date of how the rule of law can legitimately counter the deeds of criminals and ruling brutes. Yet this approach will continue to elicit protests and opposition from many people around the world if it remains selective and ignores the crimes of U.S., British, Israeli and other leaders who have used warfare or supported attacks against civilians as routine policies.

    When the law is selectively applied – favoring whites and prosecuting blacks, as happened for a long time in the American South – it stops being an instrument of justice and order, and turns into one more sickening example of perpetual colonialism and racism.”

    Rami G. Khouri is published twice weekly by THE DAILY STAR.

    Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2012/Apr-28/171696-no-to-double-standards-on-global-thugs.ashx#ixzz1tKgzPUFz
    (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

  3. Yes, this is so true! It is one reason that people all over the world have of the continent of Africa. That Africa is forever suffering from all kinds of violence – natural and man-made.

    That only perpetrators of horrible crimes from there are brought to ‘justice’ at the Hague and give the further impression that ‘white’ offenders’ atrocities are ‘acceptable’ to the ICC. Double standards of the highest order.

    In fact, if the ones that you mention above are not brought to justice like everyone else, non-white, the world (especially, Africa), will lose all confidence in this International Court.

    Our own (Kenyan), 4 are soon to be tried for crimes against humanity, there, too….

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