The Trial of Charles Taylor


by Jennifer Easterday

On April 26, 2012, Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) convicted Taylor of aiding and abetting the commission of serious crimes including rape, murder, and destruction of civilian property committed by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) forces in Sierra Leone from November 30, 1996 [...]

by Alpha Sesay

The Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone will hear oral submissions from prosecution and defense lawyers in the Charles Taylor appeal on Tuesday January 22 and Wednesday January 23 2012. The hearings will commence on 10:00 AM each day. The statement below was issued by the Public Information Section of the Court, [...]

by Taegin Stevenson

Today, judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone postponed the appeals hearing in the case of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. The hearing was originally scheduled to take place tomorrow and Friday of this week. The Appeals Chamber has now set a date of January 22, 2013 for the hearing to commence. On April [...]

by Charles C. Jalloh

Dear readers – The article below is written by Professor Charles C. Jalloh at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Open Society Justice Initiative. Introduction On April 26, 2012, after Presiding Judge Richard Lussick read out the summary of Trial [...]

by Eleanor Thompson

With the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law-Sierra Leone (CARL-SL) and the Fourah Bay College Human Rights Clinic (FBCHRC) conducted a series of outreach events in July 2012 in Freetown, Kenema, Kailahun, Kono, and Makeni to inform the Sierra Leone people about the judgment of the [...]

by Alpha Sesay

Prosecution and Defense teams in the case of convicted former president of Liberia Charles Taylor will appeal various aspects of the judgment and sentence delivered by the Trial Chamber judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). This was made clear in separate filings made by the parties this week. The Trial Chamber judges [...]

by Alpha Sesay

Special Court for Sierra Leone judges in The Hague have sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to a jail-term of 50 years after he was convicted of aiding and abetting the commission of serious crimes in Sierra Leone. He was also convicted of planning attacks on various towns including the diamond rich town of Kono in [...]

by Alpha Sesay

Today, convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor made what might be his final public statement in court before Special Court for Sierra Leone judges in The Hague as his defense lawyers and prosecutors made oral submissions on the possible sentence he should serve after being convicted for his involvement in Sierra Leone’s 11 year civil [...]

by Alpha Sesay

Defense lawyers for convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor have told Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) judges in The Hague that the prosecution’s request for Taylor to serve a maximum of 80 years in jail is “disproportionate” and “excessive.” In their sentencing submission filed on May 10, 2012, defense lawyers noted that “the 80-year [...]

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 [...]


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