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
- Violence to life, health and physical or mental wellbeing of people - murder
- 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
The former Liberian president Charles Taylor was today found guilty of 'aiding and abetting' war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war
The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has told ITV News that the UK played a strong role in freeing the country from 'gangster and thugs'
Charles Taylor is a former warlord-turned-president. He led a rebel group to that fought to overthrow the government of Liberia in 1997.