Liberia’s Taylor to serve sentence in UK jail

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Liberia’s former president and warlord Charles Taylor is to serve out his 50-year prison sentence for war crimes in a British jail, Britain confirmed on Thursday.

Taylor, 65, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars in Britain after the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague upheld his sentence for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war during the 1990s.

“Former president Taylor will now be transferred to a prison in the UK to serve that sentence,” Britain’s junior justice minister Jeremy Wright said in a statement to parliament.

The justice ministry refused to disclose which jail would house the former strongman. “We don’t comment on individual cases,” a ministry spokeswoman told AFP news agency.

SCSL public affairs chief Peter Andersen confirmed that the order to send Taylor to a British jail was made public on Thursday.

Judge George King said Taylor fuelled a conflict that became "a threat to international peace and security"
Judge George King said Taylor fuelled a conflict that became “a threat to international peace and security”

But Andersen reiterated that the specific jail “would be a matter for the British authorities”.

He confirmed that Taylor on Thursday afternoon was still at the UN’s detention unit in The Hague.

Read more at Aljazeera/AfP

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