The former president of Liberia Charles Taylor who was found guilty by the International judges of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war, has been jailed for 50 years.
Taylor, 64, was convicted last month after his trial in The Hague at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone which lasted for almost five years. The prosecution at the Special Court for Sierra Leone wanted an 80-year prison term, which the defence said was excessive.
The ex-president who is accused of backing rebels who killed tens of thousands of people in Sierra Leone’s 1991-2002 civil war, claims that he is innocent and is likely to appeal against his sentence.
Taylor was convicted on 11 counts including terror, murder and rape – but cleared of ordering the crimes.