UN-backed Court upheld War Crimes Convictions of Charles Taylor
A UN-backed special court in The Hague upheld war crimes convictions of Liberian President Charles Taylor. It ruled that his convictions had been proved beyond doubt. He was sentenced in May 2012 for helping rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war.
His lawyers argued that there were legal errors during his trial. Taylor was accused of supplying weapons to the Revolutionary United Front rebels in lieu for a constant flow of so-called blood diamonds.
He was found guilty at his trial of 11 crimes which includes terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the civil war of 1991-2002.
Charles Taylor became the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II.