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US wants $2m bounty for capture of warlord

Congress has attached to the Bill approving President Bush’s plan to spend $87 billion rebuilding and securing Iraq and Afghanistan, an unexpected $2m ‘for the capture’ of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor. Taylor left Liberia in August after prolonged negotiations, and is currently ensconced in a villa in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, provided to him by the country’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo. With his whereabouts far from a secret, the US bounty has raised fears that mercenaries may take up the challenge to kidnap and bring in the exiled Liberian warlord. In June, Taylor was indicted on war crimes charges by United Nations tribunal that is trying Sierra Leoneans alleged to have committed atrocities during the country’s long civil war. Full Story

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