War crimes court upholds 50 year sentence for Liberia’s Charles Taylor

He was convicted of assisting rebels in Sierra Leone

Topics: From the Wires, Liberia, Charles Taylor, Sierra Leone, Africa,

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — An international war crimes court has upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, saying Taylor’s financial, material and tactical support made possible horrendous crimes against civilians.

The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone upheld the 65-year-old Taylor’s conviction on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.

Taylor’s conviction in April 2012 was hailed as ushering in a new era of accountability for heads of state.

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