Liberia's Charles Taylor transferred to UK

LONDON - Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor has arrived in the UK to serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence for war crimes.

He had asked the UN-backed special court in The Hague to serve his jail term in Rwanda instead.

Taylor was handed over to UK prison service representatives after his plane landed at 11:00 BST (10:00 GMT).

He was sentenced in May 2012 for aiding rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war.

The former president, 65, was convicted by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), but his trial was held in The Hague in case it sparked renewed unrest in West Africa.

The Netherlands only agreed to host the trial if he was imprisoned elsewhere.

In a statement, the SCSL said Taylor left the Netherlands on a chartered flight on Tuesday morning, "accompanied by Special Court detention and security officials".

He would be given credit for the time he had served in detention since his arrest on 26 March 2006, the statement said.

Last month, Taylor's appeal was rejected, with the court that ruling his guilt had been proved beyond doubt.

He was convicted on 11 charges including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 conflict, in which some 50,000 people died.

The former Liberian leader was found to have supplied weapons to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in exchange for so-called blood diamonds.

The rebels were notorious for hacking off the limbs of civilians to terrorise the population.

Taylor has always insisted he is innocent and his only contact with the rebels was to urge them to stop fighting.

Comments (3)

Charles Taylor should have been sent to a prison in Africa, preferably here in Zimbabwe not some hotel on a holiday resort in the UK. This makes a mockery of justice. And oh by the way, we pray that he does not come out of prison anytime soon..blood thirsty vermin he is.

gutter poet - 17 October 2013

This is the whites who are actually interfering with African affairs. Africa we must stand for our rights that are being violated by the Western countries. Tatlor was supposed to be tried in Africa not there in taht Hague (white manipulated court). Why only blacks are send to trial for commiting crimes against humanity? What about Bush and Tony blair who are enjoying their retirement as free people but they caused disaster and killed millions of people in Iraque and also its prisident. Wake up!! Africa wake up! That is why you were colonised it is because of your quiteness and unwillingness to react and take a stand against all this imperialism against black africans.

Maiwe-e - 21 October 2013

Every leader who goes for public office must be accountable for his actions/ policies. Charles Taylor is guilty of war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Sierra Leone. This guy is responsible for crimes which include murdering and mutilating civilians, including cutting off their limbs, using women and girls as sex slaves, abducting children adults and forcing them to perform forced labor or become fighters during the conflict in Sierra Leone. The man backed Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels fighting in Sierra Leone, he had links with senior leaders in the RUF—such as Foday Sankoh. Taylor must face the music and ought to dance, the guy was a superior to perpetrators of the crimes and failed to take reasonable measures to prevent or punish the crimes while knowing about them. He also recruited and used child soldiers. He bears individual criminal responsibility for the crimes on the basis that he took part in the crimes by planning, instigating, ordering them and also provided military training and support to the RUF and AFRra. How ever the man must face justice here in Africa not in Europe where he will eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. This will deter any future or present leaders from committing crimes.

danny mapetah - 31 October 2013

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