April 26th, 2012
04:08 AM ET

Court to deliver milestone verdict in Charles Taylor's war crimes trial

An international war crimes tribunal delivers its verdict Thursday in the trial of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president accused of arming rebels who raped, killed and mutilated civilians in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Taylor is the first African leader to appear before an international war crimes tribunal.

The former war lord has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian law.

Prosecutors say he armed rebels and fueled a bloody civil war that led to widespread murder, rape and mutilation in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Witnesses testified about grisly violence during the conflict, including chopping off the arms of civilians, and shooting and disemboweling of pregnant women and children.


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    Notice we hear nothing about Libya lately? Big soundbites by Exxon then but what about the new democracy?
    Does not Cnn LIVE there now in a village with fine food flown in? Or is it not on the "nation building" attaboy lists any longer?

    April 26, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. First African Leader?

    Wow. War torn Africa, one war criminal leader? This guy's the first one...the only one? Wondering why a war crimes tribunal or an International Criminal Court investigation hasn't been done for other African leaders such as the former leaders of Libya, Egypt, and Nigeria where many wars have been fought, many big business deals struck with the west.
    2012. The year it was found-out that an African leader has committed a crime worth prosecuting rather than settling out of court. Really? One would think there would have been many by now. What, with the slave trade of old and the trade of everything else new.(oil, diamonds, black market items smuggled out of Israel into Africa via tunnels under Egypts border, etc.)

    April 26, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    The end of the trial is a milestone? Hes been on trial for five YEARS. If this is just a milestone, I can only imagine how long it will take to sentence him. Better delayed justice than no justice, though.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      It did take a long time; a five-year trilal?
      They wanted to get it *right*!
      And they did.

      April 26, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Yes. When will the International War Crimes tribunals be kicking-off for Gadhafi and his associates? Why, CNN reported all kinds of war crimes being committed there recently. How about an International Criminal Court for Egypt's Munarak and associates. Some say those men came to be billionaires illegally ya know. (yawn) Good morning. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    *Egypt's Mubarak, rather. Worth billions, by honest means? No war crimes? No illegal business deals? Not even among his associates? So those are make-believe tunnels running under Israels border with Egypt? Those are 'white market' items being smuggled? Not black market diamonds and uzzis? I'll be darned.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. citizen

    Even in news articles this monster should be described as a war pig, not war lord.
    Also, as a puppet of the US government for over thirty years , Mubarak made his money the old fashioned way. He stole it.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @citizen. Who did Mubarak steal from? Was he a lone-wolf crook, or did he have accomplices in places such as, say, Israel? (note Israel/Egypt border tunnels mentioned above)
    And Libya! CNN reported ALL KINDS OF WAR CRIMES occuring....yet, no war crimes tribunals for Libya, just for some insignificant little puke named after an old basketball shoe. (Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Star BB shoes. My 8th grade pair were white hightops, red and black laces, tube socks to the knees baby)

    April 26, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Proverbial for Africa!

    "Bad people will have to bow down before the good ones."-Proverbs 14:19a. (let me know if b doesn't make sense to you, or if you are having trouble making modern-day application)

    April 26, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Proverbial for Africa! @raven 5:12am

    "The very despoiling [of Africa] by the wicked ones will drag them [wicked ones] away, for they have REFUSED to do justice, [refused Libya, etc. war crimes tribunals]."-Proverbs 21:7

    April 26, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. US Civil War (crimes tribunals)

    Imagine Union and Confederate soldiers being dragged in fron of The Hague! lol 🙂 Or worse, the freaking International Criminal Court! What would the World Court decide about Union officers having black confederate soldiers shot as soon as they entered Camp Douglas, a Union POW camp that was in downtown Chicago. The South? The World court would have a hard time proving the South was doing much more than protecting their cotton and tobacco industries from the invading North who had promised them to the Bank of England as collateral on a loan. No-doubt many atrocities were committed, though. 🙁

    April 26, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. @~Madame Royale

    Nah. "Srow justice is no justice"-ancient proverb, probably an oriental man.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Madame Royale

    I would say that a five year trial isn't slow justice; just a very long trial.
    I would say that that waiting five years for it to even ~go~ to trial is the slow justice part...
    I can't really comment of the proverb...


    April 26, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      The squiggly mark still chafes, lol....

      April 26, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      Ouble Addendum:
      Unless it's an olive branch.
      Then, it's cool.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Proverbial for Africa!

    "[T]he man [with] thinking abilities is hated."-Proverbs 14:17b

    April 26, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      Thinking women are hated, also.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Madame Royale~ I still seee you have Ahkmeds squiggly. Use or lose. he he.
    Olive Branch. Do they not have thorns? bbl

    April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      Thorns are not an issued if the the branch is handled in a peaceful manner ~

      April 26, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Thorns DO NOT make good friends 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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