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African Warlord: Durham detention 'denies right to family life'

An African warlord serving 50 years in a prison in County Durham is reportedly suing the UK Government for denying him the right to a family life.

Former Liberia President Charles Taylor, who is alleged to have eaten the hearts of enemies, says he is being kept from his wife and 15 children.

The former Liberian president says he is being kept from his family in Africa and is a "breach of human rights". Credit: PA

The 66-year-old was was convicted in 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers during a civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s that left tens of thousands dead.

He was sentenced to to fifty years in prison and is thought to be serving his sentence at Frankland Prison in Durham.

Conservative MP Dominic Raab said: "If he's successful, it would turn British human rights laws into a laughing stock around the world."

African warlord reportedly held in County Durham jail

Charles Taylor

An African warlord sentenced to fifty years in prison after a trial in the Hague is reportedly serving his sentence in County Durham.

The former Liberian president Charles Taylor was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity at a trial in 2007.

His wife claims he is being held at HMP Frankland, the maximum security prison on the outskirts of Durham City.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said it could not confirm the locations of any individual prisoners.