Liberia Taylor Fails to Escape 50-Year Jail Term

A UN-backed court has upheld war crimes convictions against former Liberian president Charles Taylor. He had appealed against a 50 year jail sentence for backing rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for 'blood diamonds'. The final ruling by the appeals judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) marks the end of seven years of proceedings. It leaves in place a 50-year jail …

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