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".
More top news
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went salmon fishing in Canadian waters on the latest leg of their royal visit to the country.
What happens when a former president holds up a current president hoping to fly home for dinner with his family?
Following a bruising televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's week seems to have only got worse.