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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years for war crimes
Kyle Webster at 12:00 AM ET

On May 30, 2012, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The Special Court of Sierra Leone (SPSL) issued the sentence after Taylor was found guilty of planning as well as aiding and abetting crimes committed by rebel forces in exchange for diamonds during the civil war. The crimes included acts of terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children into the armed forces. Taylor filed an appeal of the conviction in July 2012, claiming errors were made in the evaluation of the evidence. The appeal began in January 2013 in the Hague.

Seal of the Special Court of Sierra Leone

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