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War crimes court: No early acquittal for Taylor

War crimes court: No early acquittal for Taylor

War crimes judges say they have dismissed a motion to acquit former Liberian President Charles Taylor because he may have been responsible for mass murder, rape and mutilations in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war.
The decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone means Taylor must now present his defense on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the West African nation.
The defense had asked the court to acquit Taylor, saying there was insufficient evidence for the trial to proceed.
The judges rejected the defense motion Monday, citing witnesses who linked Taylor to a plan to terrorize the civilians of Sierra Leone during the war that ended in 2002.
The trial is set to continue later this year.


Updated : 2021-05-15 15:37 GMT+08:00