The Trial of Charles Taylor


by Taegin Stevenson

As the final appeal judgment in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is announced in The Hague, we would like to draw your attention to a six-page briefing paper written by Open Society Justice Initiative. The paper includes a detailed timeline, describes Taylor’s conviction and sentencing, and the prosecution and defense arguments on [...]

by Alpha Sesay

The Special Court for Sierra Leone has today announced a change in the composition of Charles Taylor’s defense team as Morris Anyah, formerly a co-defense counsel, has been appointed as the lead defense counsel to handle the former Liberian president’s appeal. It is understood that this change in his defense team  has been announced with [...]

by Taegin Stevenson

Dear readers, The judgment in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be announced on April 26 – one week from today – at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, the Netherlands.  We have monitored the trial for the past four years and have put together some resource documents, which [...]

by Alpha Sesay

The long awaited verdict to determine the guilt or innocence of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor will be delivered at 11:00 AM on April 26, 2012, Special Court for Sierra Leone judges said today in a scheduling order issued in The Hague. Mr. Taylor, on trial for allegedly providing support to Revolutionary United Front (RUF) [...]

by Tracey Gurd

Hi readers, Some of you have been wondering why you have seen a different trial when you have tuned in to watch Mr. Taylor’s trial.  And I know some of you have been frustrated at getting up at 4am to watch Mr. Taylor, only to find a different court case on your computer screen.  The reason [...]

by Tracey Gurd

Hi Readers, With apologies, former Special Court for Sierra Leone Prosecutor, David Crane, let us know he is no longer available on Friday to answer our questions.  We are trying to sort out whether another time is possible for his schedule and will revert with news when I have it.

by Tracey Gurd

Hi readers, During the week, a few readers objected to some of the comments that were appearing on this site, particularly those related to former Liberian president, Charles Taylor.   Nii Darku, for example, said this: “Charles G. Taylor is a hard core criminal” this is not acceptable. I do not this you will allow it used on [...]

by Tracey Gurd

Hi readers, Well, in an unfortunate start to the day, technical hitches have delayed our post for the first day back of trial. We are still working on it and hope to be able to post an update here soon.  Thanks, as always, for your patience.  If you are anything like me, I can’t wait [...]

by Tracey Gurd

Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome back.  We have one more week to go before former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, returns to the stand at the Special Court for Sierra Leone to restart his cross-examination by prosecutors.  He has been testifying in his own defense since July 14, 2009, trying to fend off 11 charges of [...]

by Alpha Sesay

The Special Court for Sierra Leone judges today granted the prosecution’s request to use new documents in cross-examination in order to impeach or challenge the credibility of Mr. Taylor and his testimony as a witness in his own defense. On November 10, the prosecution sought to use “fresh evidence” in the form of new dicuments which [...]


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