Former President Charles Taylor's trial enters closing stages

The defence lawyer for former President Charles Taylor of Liberia has withdrawn from the trial as it enters its closing stages at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague.

Charles Taylor

Mr. Taylor is facing 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity which were committed by rebels during the civil war in Sierra Leone between November 1996 and February 2002.

The rebels were notorious for chopping off people’s limbs.

Solomon Moriba is the spokesman for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague.

“Before the hearing actually went under way this morning, the defence lawyer for Charles Taylor announced that he was withdrawing from the case itself pending an appeal that they intend to file. Obviously the Trial Chamber had refused to accept the final trial brief filed by the defence yesterday. The reason given for this was that the defence had not actually kept to the time table that the Trial Chamber had set for them to file.”

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