Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/27/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Murder, rape, sexual slavery, war that left 50,000 dead blamed on Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes along with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at Hague. Taylor was found guilty of supporting brutal rebels responsible for countless atrocities in the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war that left 50,000 dead.

The prosecution alleged the rebels undermined a ceasefire agreement in 1999, prolonging the war for another three years. Former Liberia president Samuel Taylor financed the rebels with the proceeds of 'blood diamonds' mined illegally in Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged the rebels undermined a ceasefire agreement in 1999, prolonging the war for another three years. Former Liberia president Samuel Taylor financed the rebels with the proceeds of "blood diamonds" mined illegally in Sierra Leone.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/27/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Charles taylor, Liberia, Sierra Leone, civil war, rebels, war atrocities


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 64-year-old Taylor was charged with murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The court only found him guilty of some of the crimes.

Taylor is the first head of state convicted by an international court since the post-World War II Nuremberg military tribunal, which found him guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity by supporting notoriously brutal rebels in return for "blood diamonds."

Presiding Judge Richard Lussick said that Taylor provided arms, ammunition, communications equipment and planning to rebels responsible for countless atrocities during the Sierra Leone civil war. Lussick called the support "sustained and significant."

Betraying no emotion, Taylor stood stoically as Lussick delivered the guilty verdicts at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

While judges convicted him of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebels, Taylor was cleared of direct command responsibility, saying he had no direct control over the rebels he supported.

Lussick scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 16 and said sentence would be passed two weeks afterwards.

Thousands celebrated in Sierra Leone after learning that Taylor had been convicted, according to the Associated Press. Countless survivors of the civil war bear emotional and physical scars from the war as many rebels hacked off the limbs of many of their victims.

Taylor, who was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, was accused of backing and giving orders to Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in the 11-year civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged the rebels undermined a ceasefire agreement in 1999, prolonging the war for another three years. Taylor financed the rebels with the proceeds of "blood diamonds" mined illegally in Sierra Leone.

"The Taylor verdict is a watershed moment," Richard Dekker, head of the international justice program at Human Rights Watch said. "As president, Taylor is believed to have been responsible for so much murder and mayhem which unfolded in Sierra Leone. His was a shadow that loomed across the region, in the Ivory Coast, in Sierra Leone and Liberia."

Courts had earlier convicted RUF fighters of crimes against humanity, including rape, torture and terrorism.

Civilians were mutilated during the conflict, their arms being cut off above the hand (known by fighters as "long sleeves") or above the elbow ("short sleeves"). In addition, trial witnesses described seeing children and pregnant women being shot, disemboweled or mutilated in a process aimed at creating terror in the civilian population.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Africa

ANOTHER PLANE - VANISHES! Air Algerie flight with 116 people onboard drops off radar Watch

Image of The plane in question, the MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets. The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In yet another horrific airline disaster in a year full of them, an Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has simply - dropped off the radar. The flight operator says that the plane has apparently crashed in somewhere in the West African nation of Mali. ... continue reading


LOOKING GRIM: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus Watch

Image of The WHO says that of the 632 deadly Ebola cases, 206 people had died in Sierra Leone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" in Sierra Leone by the health ministry, had been leading the fight to control the recent Ebola outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Tragically, the 39-year-old medic has now contracted the ... continue reading


GRIEF TAKES TOLL: At least 11 parents of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have died Watch

Image of Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Grief and worry takes its toll on human health. Ever since more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram terror group three months ago, four of their parents have died from heart failure; seven of the girls' fathers were killed in an attack ... continue reading


Nigerian military swears to retake town after massacre by Muslims Watch

Image of The anti-education Muslim group, Boko Haram, attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, displacing 15,000 and killing more than 60 people.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram has continued its reign of terror, leaving dozens dead in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa during a July 17 raid, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


How malnutrition kills, and a painful look at the South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of Parents don't like to see their children die and will save them if they can but with limited resources available, difficult choices are made and babies pay the price.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With hundreds of thousands of people, especially children expected to die in South Sudan in the coming months, attention is finally being focused on malnutrition and starvation and the painful process of death which accompanies those conditions. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Mysteries of the Pyramids - Previously hidden painting depicts life in ancient Egypt Watch

Image of The painting depicts what life was like 4,300 years ago in Egypt. It shows boats sailing south on the Nile and also agricultural images. The painting could also have symbolic meaning for life in ancient Egypt. Inside the tomb were also found statues of the 'priest' including his wife and what looks like a dog.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Found about 1,000 feet to the east of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a 4,300 year-old wall painting has been found. The artwork gives a rare peek into the life and times of ancient Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Discovered in a tomb for a "priest," the ... continue reading


South Sudan economy collapsing as millions begin to starve

Image of A child plays around an abandoned anti-aircraft gun parked in a fallow field.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The awful situation in South Sudan continues to worsen as time runs out for millions of people at risk of starvation. Painfully oblivious to the peril, two warring factions continue to vie for power while aid workers scramble to save lives, often going without meals ... continue reading


Will self-testing for HIV in Africa turn deadly tide? Watch

Image of Sex workers and men who have sex with men (the new euphemism for men who engage in homosexual acts with one another) are among the groups facing the heaviest burden of HIV. These groups are the most hard to reach in terms of testing and treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals in Africa, particularly in high risk groups. It's estimated that less than half of all HIV-positive people on the African continent are unaware of their status. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


MAJOR OUTBREAK: Ebola outbreak continues to devastate West Africa Watch

Image of Ebola is a virus that is spread to humans via contact with infected animals and their meat, such as rats and monkeys. It has a high fatality rate an no known cure.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak which has been devastating West Africa has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on July 15, with 68 new fatalities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The WHO said that the ... continue reading


Spreading like wildfire - Ebola takes 25 more lives in West Africa Watch

Image of The Ebola virus continues to spread in Africa, with 50 new cases developing in three West African countries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Africa continues to struggle with the Ebola virus the World Health Organization (WHO) said on July 8. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty new cases of the disease have been reported, along with 25 deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3.Give a ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Corinthians 4:7-15
7 But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1 [Song of Ascents] When Yahweh brought back Zion's ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:20-28
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came with her ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 25th, 2014 Image

St. James the Greater
July 25: For James there was no indication that this was the day that his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter