Former president of Liberia helped rebels plan atrocities and was paid in 'blood' diamonds
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CHARLES TAYLOR, the former president of Liberia, was today guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the civil war in Sierra Leone, after a trial at a court in The Hague that has lasted almost five years.
He becomes the first former head of state to be convicted in relation to war crimes charges at an international tribunal since the Nuremburg trials at the end of World War Two.
Taylor stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly arming fighters in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for "blood diamonds." During a brutal war that ended 10 years ago, about 50,000 people died in Sie...
A U.N.-backed Sierra Leone court convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes on Thursday, the first African head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal.