Charles Taylor trial concluded
The Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague on Friday concluded the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor who was indicted for war crimes. This is the first time an international court has concluded the trial of a former head of state.
The court is expected to present its ruling either in summer or autumn. The three judges from Northern Ireland, Uganda and Samoa are faced with the daunting task of evaluating the enormous amount of evidence which has been presented since the trial first started in June 2007.
SCSL chief prosecutor Brenda Hollis says there is sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of Charles Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 until 2003, was complicit in war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Mr Taylor says he is innocent and claims he is the victim of a political trial.
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