Warlord Charles Taylor Caged!
After 420 days of trial (over nearly four years), 115 witness, over 50,000 pages of testimony, and 1,520 exhibits, Charles Taylor, warlord-turned-president of Liberia, was found guilty on 11 counts by the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity (including murder, rape, mutilating civilians, including cutting off their limbs, conscripting child soldiers, sexual slavery and other acts of terrorism) committed in Sierra Leone from November 30, 1996, to January 18, 2002. Over 50,000 people died in that conflict. Taylor “aided and abetted” the notorious warlords Foday Sankoh, Sam “the Mosquito” Bockarie and Issa Sesay of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone. Taylor participated in the planning, instigation and commission of these crimes and provided weapons and military support in exchange for “blood diamonds” mined by slave laborers in Sierra Leone. Taylor will be sentenced next month Read the rest of this entry
|Saif Al-Islam giving an interview after captured on Nov 20, 2011 (Reuters)|
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyastood firm on Sunday over the trial of Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, saying its courts could judge him fairly, defying the International Criminal Court, which says it is its right [to] try him at The Hague for crimes against humanity.
As news came in of the capture of Gaddafi’s feared intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, officials said he, too, would be given a fair trial in Libya Read the rest of this entry