Liberia’s former President, Charles Taylor has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Taylor was on Thursday pronounced guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes by arming rebels from Sierra Leone in exchange for diamonds.
The 64-year-old former President was found culpable of fuelling a ten-year conflict in which over 100,000 people lost their lives. The Sierra Leonean rebels who enjoyed Taylor’s support were known to use child soldiers. They were also notorious for the crude manner in which they cut off the limbs of many of their victims.
Charles Taylor will be sentenced on May 30 and his sentence will be served in a British prison.
Taylor, a former warlord became Liberia’s President in 1997 and only left office when he was forced into exile in Nigeria in 2003. Charles Taylor has become the first Head of State to be found guilty of war crimes by an International Criminal court after Adolf Hitler’s successor.