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US offers two million dollar reward for Charles Taylor

The United States has included a two million dollar reward for former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in its 87.5 billion dollar special budget for Iraq and Afghanistan. The money will be paid to get Taylor before a special tribunal on war crimes in Sierra Leone, where Liberia played a key role. Taylor, who is in exile in Nigeria, is accused of arming and training Sierra Leone’s notorious Revolutionary United Front (RUF) which waged a campaign of rape and dismemberment during a 10-year civil war that claimed some 200,000 lives up to last year. The special court, which is backed by the United Nations, has already charged 13 people for war crimes. Nine are detained. The main hearings are expected to start next year. Full Story

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