Former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor
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Charles Taylor's war crimes conviction upheld

A United Nations-backed special court in The Hague has rejected an appeal by the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, against his conviction for war crimes.

Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2012, for aiding rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war, but his lawyers had argued that there were legal errors during his trial.

Judge Richard Lussick ruled Mr Taylor's convictions had been proved beyond doubt, saying they were "some of the most heinous crimes in human history".

Anna Holligan reports from The Hague.

  • 26 Sep 2013
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