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Taylor's lawyer says war-crimes trial is a 'farce'

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Taylor's lawyer says war-crimes trial is a 'farce'


The lawyer defending the former Liberian president Charles Taylor on war-crimes charges has stormed out of court after angry exchanges with the judges.

Courtenay Griffiths was blocked from submitting a document in this week’s closing arguments, because it should have been submitted last month.

The lawyer said the special court in the Hague was biased.

‘How will posterity judge the credibility of this court if at this 11th hour they prevented Mr Taylor from presenting 90 per cent of his closing arguments which are enclosed in the written submissions?’ Griffiths said.

The lawyer said he had wanted time to respond to a leaked US diplomatic cable suggesting Taylor’s trial was politically motivated

He is the first African leader to stand trial for war-crimes. The charges range from mass murder to conscripting child soldiers during a civil war in Sierra Leone.

Taylor has denied the charges throughout the three year trial.

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