Charles Taylor faces judgement for war crimes

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Judgment in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will be delivered on Thursday April 26.

Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone will deliver a verdict on whether the former President is guilty of war crimes committed during Sierra Leone's civil war. The trial has lasted five years.

Patrick Maigua Reports

Charles Taylor was indicted by the U.N.-backed war crimes court for his alleged role in fuelling Sierra Leone’s 1991-2002 civil war.He faced 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorizing civilians, rape, sexual slavery and recruitment of child soldiers. During the decade long civil war an estimated 50,000 people were killed and thousands had their limbs cut off by rebel fighters. The verdict by the court will mark the first time an international tribunal has reached judgment in the trial of a former head of state. During the trial, the court heard testimony from over 90 prosecution witnesses, and 21 defense witnesses. The court hearings included testimony from supermodel Naomi Campbell about a gift of diamonds from Mr Taylor. Charles Taylor stepped down as Liberia's President in August 2003 and lived in exile in Nigeria until March 2006 when he was arrested.

Patrick Maigua United Nations.

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