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Sierra Leone war crimes court rules case against Charles Taylor may proceed

The UN-backed war crimes court for Sierra Leone ruled that former Liberian president Charles Taylor should stand trial for his alleged role in the west African state’s decade of rebel war. The decision by the three-judge appeals chamber of the court rejected defense arguments that Taylor was a sitting president when he was indicted and thus immune from prosecution. “Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was, and is, subject to criminal proceedings before the special court,” said the decision read out by Judge Emmanuel Ayoola, the Nigerian justice recently appointed as court president. A defense motion filed by attorney Terrence Terry that the court had no jurisdiction over a sovereign leader was also rejected. Full Story

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