Judge sentences Charles Taylor for 50 years in prison

A judge in The Hague has sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for his role in the 1991-2002 civil war in Sierra Leone.

Before announcing the sentence, the judge said that the fact that Taylor has no criminal record is not a factor, asking "who would prosecute him?"

Charles Taylor's defence counsel argued that his age (64) and health should be taken into account.

Outlining Taylor's conviction, the judge said he was responsible for planning "some of the most heinous crimes recorded in human history".

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Taylor jailed for 50 years

The former Liberian president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor is to be sentenced by an international court in The Hague today.