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Nigeria deports former Liberian leader

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Nigeria deports former Liberian leader


Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been deported after being arrested in neighbouring Nigeria.

He had been living there in exile since 2003 when he resigned as part of a deal to end years of civil war in his country. He has been charged with crimes against humanity by a UN-backed court in Sierra Leone where he is accused of supporting rebel militias in exchange for diamonds to finance the Liberian conflict. Pressured for years by Washington to hand over Taylor, Nigeria had long resisted – arguing that he could only be returned to Liberia. But shortly after Taylor’s arrest on Wednesday, Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo, in Washington for talks with President Bush, ordered his extradition.
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