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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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The Case Against Charles Taylor: International Courts and Tribunals Cases Series

Edited by: R. van der Wolf

ISBN13: 9789058871770
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Wolf Legal Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £55.00



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Charles Taylor was charged with 11 specific crimes committing during Sierra Leone’s Civil war from 1996 to 2002. The SCSL prosecutor originally has 17 counts on his indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2003. In 2006, the indictment was amended resulting in these 11 counts. Including the attacks on Kono and Makeni (well-known diamond regions) and Freetown in late 1998 and early 1999.

He was found guilty of the following crimes:

  • Five counts of war crimes: terrorizing civilians, murder, outrages on personal dignity, cruel treatment, looting.
  • Five counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape, sexual slavery, mutilating and beating, enslavement.
  • One count of other serious violations of international humanitarian law: recruiting and using child soldiers.
The crimes that Taylor committed where considered ‘some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history’. Taylor is currently serving his sentence in the United Kingdom since 15 October 2013.