Huffpost WorldPost

Charles Taylor, Former Liberia President, Appeals War Crimes Conviction

Posted: Updated:
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor looks up to the public gallery as he waits for the start of his sentencing hearing in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Evert-Jan Daniels, Pool)
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor looks up to the public gallery as he waits for the start of his sentencing hearing in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Evert-Jan Daniels, Pool)

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has appealed his war crimes and crimes against humanity convictions and his 50-year sentence, calling them a miscarriage of justice.

Prosecutors on Thursday also appealed the Special Court for Sierra Leone's decision to acquit Taylor on more serious charges and urged judges to increase his sentence to 80 years.

Taylor, 64, became the first former head of state since World War II to be convicted by an international war crimes court when he was found guilty in April of aiding and abetting murderous rebels during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war.

He was cleared of directly ordering atrocities such as massacres and mutilations carried out by the rebels.

Also on The Huffington Post

Close
Delayed International War Crimes Cases
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Charles Taylor (Liberian politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Taylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Taylor | World news | The Guardian

Charles Taylor appeals Sierra Leone war crimes convictions and 50-year sentence

Naomi Campbell, perfume firm settle NYC lawsuits