Liberia’s Taylor goes on trial over war crimes

Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor boycotted the opening of his trial in The Hague for war crimes in Sierra Leone on Monday, saying he had lost faith in the U.N.-backed court. “I cannot participate in a charade that does no justice to the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone,” the Liberian warlord said in a letter read by a defense lawyer, who said Taylor now wanted to represent himself. Full Story

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