May 10th, 2012
08:13 AM ET

Charles Taylor's defense to counter sentencing recommendation

The defense for Charles Taylor is expected to submit its counter-recommendation Thursday after prosecutors said the former Liberian president deserves an 80-year sentence for a war crimes conviction.

Taylor was found guilty last month of aiding and abetting war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone's civil war.

"Should the trial chamber decide to impose a global sentence, 80 years' imprisonment would be appropriate," said Brenda Hollis, chief prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

In the statement last week, the prosecutor said the sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes.

"But for Charles Taylor's criminal conduct, thousands of people would not have had limbs amputated, would not have been raped, would not have been killed," Hollis said. "The recommended sentence provides fair and adequate response to the outrage these crimes caused in victims, their families and relatives."

Last month's landmark ruling by the international tribunal was the first war crimes conviction of a former head of state by an international court since the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after World War II.

Taylor, 64, was found guilty of all 11 counts of aiding and abetting rebel forces in a campaign of terror that involved murder, rape, sexual slavery, conscripting children younger than 15 and mining diamonds to pay for guns.

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  1. Mandingo

    Liberia was established in 1822 to repatriate American slaves. Problem was, those repatriated thought they were better than the locals since they had some white blood. Charles Taylor is descendant of that, black on black racism.

    Would you like short sleeves or long sleeves? The racist mulatt0 Taylor hacked ethnic mandingos up with machetes. No kidding, 14 year old child warriors high on drugs regularly had Monrovian beach bbqs with the limbs of their slain foes because in their voodoo belief they thought they'd gain the strength of their foes. High fourteen year olds with AK 47s snaking on arms, chatting and laughing. Primordial barbarism.

    It's almost like Miami.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    1822, really?
    When the American slaves were not freed until 1865 or so?
    What foresight.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      In any case, Charles Taylor, having been found guilty, should recieve the very harshest penalty under law.

      May 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      Dick Chaney next.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Actually, Beginning in 1820, the region was colonized by freed American slaves with the help of the American Colonization Society, a private organization that believed ex-slaves would have greater freedom and equality in Africa.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Again, what foresight.

    Again, I hope Charles Taylor gets exactly what he deserves, condidering what he has done to his people.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |