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Taylor found guilty of 'aiding and abetting' war crimes

Charles Taylor has been found guilty of aiding and abetting the crimes in Sierra Leone. The court did not find sufficient evidence that Taylor had ordered the crimes, although it ruled that he did have influence over the RUF rebels and that he provided material support.

The judge went through the crimes, which are as follows:

  • Acts of terrorism
  • Murder
  • Violence to life, health and physical or mental wellbeing of people - murder
  • Rape
  • Sexual slavery
  • Outrages upon personal dignity
  • Violence to life, health and physical or mental wellbeing of people - cruel treatment
  • Other inhumane acts
  • Conscripting or enlisting child soldiers
  • Enslavement
  • Pillage

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'Taylor provided support to rebel group'

by - ITV News Correspondent

The court has found that Charles Taylor provided material support to the RUF rebel group, including arms, ammunition and personnel. This was in exchange for the commissioning of crimes.

But the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Taylor was individually responsible for some of the crimes.

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No evidence Taylor was 'part of rebel chain of command'

The judge says that although there is evidence that Foday Sankoh, the leader of the rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF), ordered his officials to take orders from Charles Taylor, there is no evidence this happened.

The court found that although the relationship between the RUF and Mr Taylor was close, there is no evidence that he was part of the RUF chain of command.

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