Trial Reports: Charles Taylor Trial

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, was tried for events that took place in the Sierra Leone Civil War. The prosecution argument was that he supported the RUF, a group were trying to overthrow the Sierra Leonean government, who were known for atrocities such as abducting children for use as child soldiers and sex slaves, and amputating limbs of thousands of tens of thousands of people to stop them mining diamonds, while using diamonds, to be sold on by Taylor, to fund their conflict.Following diplomatic wrangling, Taylor was sent to be tried by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a hybrid tribunal comprised of both Sierra Leonean and international judges. Taylor was charged with offences including the use of child soldiers, murder and rape. There were a number of delays in his trial, which was held at The Hague rather than in Sierra Leone for security reasons, including Taylor’s attempt at boycott the trial and his defence team’s refusal to hand over its brief on time.In April 2012, Special Court for Sierra Leone judges convicted Taylor on 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law. His conviction and 50 year sentence was upheld on appeal, and he is currently serving his jail term in a British prison. 

Final Post of Charles Taylor Trial Blog

2 Jan 2014
Dear Readers, It is with mixed emotions that we write to inform you that our blog monitoring the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will be put into archive mode as of January 6, 2014. This means that we will no longer be posting updates or receiving comments from readers. However, the website will [...]

Final Post of Charles Taylor Trial Blog

2 Jan 2014
Dear Readers,

Final Post of Charles Taylor Trial Blog

2 Jan 2014
Dear Readers,

Final Post of Charles Taylor Trial Blog

2 Jan 2014
Dear Readers,

Exchange of Thanks: Victims and Special Court Prosector Express Gratitude in Sierra Leone

18 Oct 2013
It was an exchange of thanks as Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Prosecutor Brenda Hollis traveled the length and breadth of Sierra Leone, explaining the Court’s Appeals Chamber judgment to people in various communities that were affected by Sierra Leone’s 11 year conflict. In many of these communities, the scars of the conflict still [...]

Exchange of Thanks: Victims and Special Court Prosector Express Gratitude in Sierra Leone

18 Oct 2013
It was an exchange of thanks as Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Prosecutor Brenda Hollis traveled the length and breadth of Sierra Leone, explaining the Court’s Appeals Chamber judgment to people in various communities that were affected by Sierra Leone’s 11 year conflict. In many of these communities, the scars of the conflict still remain.

Exchange of Thanks: Victims and Special Court Prosector Express Gratitude in Sierra Leone

18 Oct 2013
It was an exchange of thanks as Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Prosecutor Brenda Hollis traveled the length and breadth of Sierra Leone, explaining the Court’s Appeals Chamber judgment to people in various communities that were affected by Sierra Leone’s 11 year conflict. In many of these communities, the scars of the conflict still remain.

Exchange of Thanks: Victims and Special Court Prosector Express Gratitude in Sierra Leone

18 Oct 2013
It was an exchange of thanks as Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Prosecutor Brenda Hollis traveled the length and breadth of Sierra Leone, explaining the Court’s Appeals Chamber judgment to people in various communities that were affected by Sierra Leone’s 11 year conflict. In many of these communities, the scars of the conflict still remain.

In Sierra Leone, Victims Celebrate Taylor’s Conviction

16 Oct 2013
It is not every day that victims of crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s 11 year brutal conflict express positive emotions when they share their experiences but granted the opportunity to do so, they will not hide their feelings. The recent decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in upholding [...]

In Sierra Leone, Victims Celebrate Taylor’s Conviction

16 Oct 2013
It is not every day that victims of crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s 11 year brutal conflict express positive emotions when they share their experiences but granted the opportunity to do so, they will not hide their feelings.