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Charles Taylor

Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor (born 28 January 1948) was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 ... More »Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor (born 28 January 1948) was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003. Born in Arthington, Montserrado County, Liberia, Taylor earned a degree at Bentley College in the United States before returning to Liberia to work in the government of Samuel Doe. After being removed for embezzlement, he eventually arrived in Libya, where he was trained as a guerilla fighter. He returned to Liberia in 1989 as the head of a Libyan-backed resistance group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, to overthrow the Doe regime, initiating the First Liberian Civil War. Following Doe's execution, he gained control of a large portion of the country and became one of the most prominent warlords in Africa. Following a peace deal that ended the war, Taylor terrorized the population into electing him president in the 1997 general election. During his term of office, Taylor was accused of war crimes and crimes against... [ Wikipedia ]

Former Liberian president faces sentencing for war crimes

Charles Taylor, president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, was convicted last month of aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in a campaign of terror, involving murder, rape, sexual slavery and the conscription children younger than 15. There is no death penalty in international criminal ...

Charles Taylor: Lay preacher and feared warlord

He was indicted by U.N. court over his involvement in Sierra Leone civil war (CNN) -- A lay Baptist preacher or a brutal warlord on trial in an international court: in Charles Taylor, the myth and the man, became inseparable. Accusations of cannibalism swirled around the former Liberian ...

Firm that paid Obama adviser in business with warlord-tied official

A South African company in the spotlight for paying $100,000 in speaking fees to White House adviser David Plouffe is also in business with a Liberian official under U.N. sanctions for his ties to convicted war criminal and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. That's among the latest ...

Convicted war criminal Charles Taylor claims he is owed $200,000 pension

Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years in jail last year for 11 counts of war crimes. Photograph: Evert Jan Daniels/AFP/Getty Images The former president of Liberia and convicted war criminal, Charles Taylor, and his wife, Victoria Addison-Taylor, claim they are owed a ...

Charles Taylor prosecutors urge court to reject war crimes conviction appeal

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor appearing in court at the special court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images Prosecutors urged international judges on Tuesday to reject former Liberian president Charles Taylor's appeal against his war crimes ...

Why the Murder of Five American Nuns Will Go Unavenged

Shirley Kolmer, 61, who served as a high school principal in Monrovia, advocated forcefully–and successfully–for the nuns’ return to Liberia after fighting between Charles Taylor’s rebels and government forces forced the nuns to flee in 1990. And Kathleen McGuire, 54, the only sister who ...

A monster finally faces justice

Charles Taylor will spend 50 years in prison for crimes against humanity. There is little good news from Africa, but when it is good, it is exceptionally good. In 2006, I wrote a column celebrating the Liberian election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who elevated the continent’s morale. This ...

Justice for Charles Taylor, but Should More be Tried?

Justice for Charles Taylor, but Should More be Tried? By Bridget Johnson, About.com GuideMay 31, 2012 Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison at The Hague yesterday, sparking a wave of international response lauding the court for giving ...

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor sentenced 50 years in prison

“The curtain has now been drawn on Charles Taylor. I hope he will be haunted by his deeds as he languishes in jail.” ...

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for 'some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in hum...

Killer: Charles Taylor, pictured here in his heyday, was told his crimes were of the 'utmost gravity' Taylor is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II and judges said they had no precedent when deciding his sentence. He ...

BBC News Sierra Leone trial: Charles Taylor set to address court

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is expected to address the international court that found him guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone. It is his last chance to speak at the tribunal in The Hague before being sentenced later this month. The prosecution will press its case for an ...

Charles Taylor should face 80 years in jail, UN prosecution urges

Charles Taylor should face 80 years in jail, UN prosecution urges Liberian former leader Charles Taylor was convicted of arming rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in return for blood diamonds. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images OwenThe convicted, former president of ...

Charles Taylor found guilty of abetting Sierra Leone war crimes

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AFP/Getty Images The historic judgment leaves Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, facing a lengthy term in a British prison and will set a precedent that heads of state can no longer consider ...

Guilty verdict for Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was today found guilty by the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in The Hague for alleged responsibility for crimes committed by rebel forces in Sierra Leone during that country’s decade-long civil war from1991-2002. The Special Court found ...

Former Liberian leader Taylor jailed for 50 years

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor listens to the judge at the opening of the sentencing judgement hearing at the court in Leidschendam, near The Hague, May 30, 2012. Taylor could be jailed for the rest of his life on Wednesday when he is sentenced by an international court ...

A Historic Verdict Against Charles Taylor, But Questions About International Criminal Law

Nic Bothma/European Pressphoto AgencyAn international court on April 26 convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity. On Thursday, a special panel of judges in The Hague found Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, guilty ...

Charles Taylor appeals war crimes conviction

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, center rear, two security guards, rear left and right, and Taylor's defense team wait for the start of the court session at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, western Netherlands, Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013. Taylor ...

BBC News Liberia's Charles Taylor is to appeal against jail term

Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor is to appeal against his conviction by a UN-backed war crimes court, his lawyers say. He was jailed for 50 years for aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. Taylor, 64, was found to have supplied weapons to ...

War Crimes Judges Hear Taylor's Sentencing Pleas : NPR

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is to address judges personally during the sentencing hearing of his war crimes trial Wednesday, asking for leniency even as he plans to appeal his conviction. In a landmark ruling in April, judges at the Special ...

After Charles Taylor, Sierra Leone Faces Long Road To Stability

REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly On April 26, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was convicted of war crimes by an international court in the Hague, Netherlands. He had been indicted by a Special Court for Sierra Leone, and was tried for his role in aiding rebel fighters during Sierra ...

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