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UN indicts Liberian leader for war crimes

Charles Taylor is the first sitting head of state to be so charged since Yugoslavia’s Milosevic. Charles Taylor has clung to power in Liberia despite United Nations sanctions, diplomatic isolation, and internal armed rebellions. But Wednesday, the long arm of international law reached out and tapped Mr. Taylor on the shoulder. The Special Court for Sierra Leone – a joint tribunal of the United Nations and the government in Freetown – indicted Taylor for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of international humanitarian law during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. It makes Taylor the first serving head of state to face war-crimes charges since Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Full Story

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