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article imageCharles Taylor war crimes convictions upheld

By Layne Weiss     Sep 26, 2013 in World
The Hague - A UN-backed special court at the Hague has rejected the appeal against war crime convictions of the lawyers representing Liberian President Charles Taylor, 65. The judge upheld his 50-year sentence.
Taylor was found guilty by The Special Court For Sierra Leone, on April 26, 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers, AlJazeera reports. In May of that year, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
He was found to have given weapons to the Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for a constant flow of "blood diamonds," BBC News reports.
He has always maintained his innocence and claims his only contact with the rebels was to plead with them to stop fighting during the Sierra Leone Civil War which lasted from 1991-2002.
Taylor became the first former head of state to be convicted by an international war crimes court since the Nuremberg Trials.
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