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28 September 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The judgement in the high-profile trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is expected within months. Taylor is the first African former head of state to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Charles Taylor was one of Africa’s most feared warlords. He fled Liberia in 2003 and is on trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in Leidschendam. He is accused of supporting Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels during the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1990s. 

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24 March 2010 by Bram Posthumus

War ended in Liberia almost seven years ago. It has left scars in the land and the people. The country is slowly recovering and questions regarding justice and impunity are being addressed – but not to everyone’s satisfaction.

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13 January 2010 by -

Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone resumed their cross-examination of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Monday. Taylor has been testifying in his own defence since July, 2009.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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18 July 2012 by -

A group of African dignitaries raise their smartphones to take photos in the Peace Palace. As they are introduced to courts of a century ago, a Ugandan Minister looks for his country’s coat of arms on an embroidered chair at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

By Janet Anderson, The Hague

This new project—inviting justice experts from around the world—is an exercise in public diplomacy by the city and the Dutch government. Its documents describe its role as consolidating the Netherlands “as THE global centre of excellence for peace and justice”.

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16 July 2011 by -

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone on Friday convicted one of five people facing contempt charges for allegedly attempting to induce witnesses to recant their testimonies, with the four others pleading not guilty.

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01 March 2011 by -

The disciplinary hearing for Charles Taylor’s lawyer was adjourned last Friday after six minutes, as judge Julia Sebutinde refused to take part in the proceedings. Courtenay Griffiths was to be subject to a disciplinary hearing for walking out of the courtroom on February 8th before closing arguments in the war crimes case against his client at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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14 March 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

“Throw it in the bin. That is what we submit the court should do with this body of evidence: Get rid of it. We submit it’s garbage.” That was the message of Charles Taylor’s lawyers during closing arguments at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). And besides, they said, “why is Colonel Muammer Gaddafi not in the dock?”

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11 November 2009 by Karl Dowling

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former RUF leaders on October 26th. Wayne Jordash was lead defence counsel for Issa Hassan Sesay who received a sentence of 52 years. He spoke to IJT’s Karl Dowling.

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