The Trial of Charles Taylor


by Alpha Sesay

Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague have recommended that convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor be sentenced to a maximum term of 80 years in jail for crimes committed by rebel forces in Sierra Leone from 1996 to 2002.This recommendation was made in a sentencing submission made to Trial [...]

by Taegin Stevenson

This article also appears on the Open Society Foundations blog.  April 26, 2012, marked the conclusion of a nearly six-year long saga. A three-judge panel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) sitting in The Hague, the Netherlands unanimously found the former Liberian president Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting 11 crimes, including [...]

by Kelly Askin

This article earlier appeared on the Open Society Foundations blog.  Today’s groundbreaking judgment in the case of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor represents a milestone for both international justice and gender justice. The former president of Liberia was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone of 11 counts of aiding and abetting war [...]

by Taegin Stevenson

Today, Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) judges in The Hague delivered the Court’s long anticipated verdict in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, finding him unanimously guilty of all charges against him on grounds that he knowingly aided and abetted rebel forces in Sierra Leone and that he planned attacks during which [...]

by Umaru Fofana

This article was originally published on the Open Society Initiative for West Africa website, available here.  Under a spectacle that made many an African leader sit up navel-gazing, Charles Taylor stepped down as president of Liberia in 2003, promising “God willing, I will be back”. It followed mounting pressure both from within and without. A [...]

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 Special Court for Sierra Leone judges in The Hague have unanimously dismissed a request by former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s defense to change the date for the delivery of judgment. After the announcment that the judgment to determine Taylor’s guilt or innocence will be delivered on April 26, 2012, defense lawyers filed a motion requesting [...]

by Alpha Sesay

Defense and Prosecution lawyers in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor are in disagreement over the date for the delivery of the judgment. The Defense wants to postpone the April 26 date of the verdict announcement, which was scheduled by the Special Court for Sierra Leone  judges less than one week ago. On [...]

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 Charles C. Jalloh

Dear readers – The article below is written by Professor Charles C. Jalloh at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It originally appeared on the JURIST website, available here. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Open Society Justice Initiative. The case against the former Liberian [...]


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