After the arrival of the former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in The Hague, officials are busy preparing for the resumption of his war crimes trial. The former president was flown to the Netherlands from a UN-backed court in Sierra Leone, where his trial on 11 charges had already begun. The African court has asked to use the facilities of the International Criminal Court because of concerns about security in Sierra Leone.
Christopher Staker, the acting prosecutor, said: “I have to say it’s very hard to predict precisely when the trial will start, or how long it will take, because that’s not a matter that is ever entirely in the hands of any one party. It will depend on the prosecution in part, but it will also depend on the defence, and it will depend on the chambers.” Taylor will serve a prison term in Britain if found guilty. He is accused of backing rebels who raped and mutilated civilians during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war in the 90s.