25 August 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt & Hermione Gee

For more than a year Charles Taylor’s trial has taken place in relative obscurity. But since fashion model Naomi Campbell and actress Mia Farrow were asked to give evidence about a diamond Mr Taylor was alleged to have given to Campbell that has all changed. The IJT asked lead defense counsel for Mr Taylor, Courtenay Griffiths, about the challenges of conducting such a case under the spotlight.

09 May 2012 by -

Interview with with Rosalind Shaw, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, USA.*

By Janet Anderson, The Hague

[related-articles] Sierra Leone and Liberia experimented with very different paths to justice – restorative with truth commissions and retributive with the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) trials. How do local communities see this, following the Trial Chamber’s final conviction against former Liberian president Charles Taylor two weeks ago?

13 January 2010 by -

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26 April 2012 by -

Whether or not former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be found guilty of a campaign of terror in neighbouring Sierra Leone, Thursday’s verdict will leave a trail of questions about atrocities and his relations with Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels during Sierra Leone’s civil war in the nineties.

By *Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

11 November 2009 by -

At the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague, the prosecution has started its cross-examination of Charles Taylor. 

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Acting Chief Prosecutor Joseph Kamara says: “After 13 weeks of direct examination, we are very happy to be beginning our cross. We’ve been waiting patiently for our turn to test Mr Taylor on his version of events. That version is very different from the evidence the prosecution presented.”

09 December 2009 by -

Nicholas Koumjian, who has been leading the cross-examination of Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, ended the last hearing of the year with a dramatic piece of evidence: a previously unseen statement from a personal bank account opened by the defendant in December 1999.  

By Franck Petit

The former Liberian president is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to his role in Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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