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Former Liberian president Taylor guilty of Sierra Leone war crimes

26/04/12 12:53 CET

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by an international court in the Hague.

Taylor was charged for his role in supporting and directing rebels of the Revolutionary United Front during an 11-year civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

The insurgents carried out a murderous campaign during the conflict, killing around 50,000 people.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone found him responsible for fuelling the civil warm by arming the rebels, who recruited child soldiers.

Taylor is the first former head of state to be convicted by an international court in more than 55 years. His trial has taken almost five years.

Sentencing could take several months.

Taylor’s expected to go to a prison in Britain.

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