Charles Taylor Verdict: Guilty

The Special Court for Sierra Leone which sits at the Hague convicted Charles Taylor the man who ruled the troubled African nation from 1997 until his resignation in 2003.

Taylor was blamed for various atrocities including war crimes and crimes against humanity during his term of office. The charges were made because of his involvement in the Sierra Leone Civil War.

Taylor’s charges- 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The court at The Hague has always been criticised especially by African countries for lack of impartiality and that the court was being used as a political tool by some powerful nations rather than it being a fair judicial process. Meanwhile the USA has hailed the conviction.

Sentencing hearings commenced on 3 May and be announced on 30 May.