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Charles Taylor convicted by the ICC

The former president of the Liberia Charles Taylor was convicted by the International Criminal Court yesterday for aiding and abetting 11 war crimes in Sierra Leone. He is the first African ex-head of state found guilty by an international tribunal.

He was charged with supporting and commanding a rebel group called the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) during the cruel civil war in Sierra Leone. Mr. Taylor was found responsible for the horrific acts committed by the rebel fighters, including acts of terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, enslavement as well as conscripting child soldiers. He is also alleged to have armed the rebels in exchange for so-called blood diamonds.

The judgment serves as an important example to other heads of state that they can eventually be held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during their reign.

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