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Liberian guilty of war crimes

Taylor conviction is 1st since WWII; linked to horrors in Sierra Leone

People in Freetown, Sierre Leone, watched the verdict given Thursday for Liberia’s former leader Charles Taylor in The Hague. People in Freetown, Sierre Leone, watched the verdict given Thursday for Liberia’s former leader Charles Taylor in The Hague. (Photos By Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)
By Marlise Simons
New York Times / April 27, 2012
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Charles G. Taylor, the former president of Liberia and once a powerful warlord, was convicted by an international tribunal Thursday of arming, supporting, and guiding a brutal rebel movement that committed mass atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war in the 1990s. He is the first head of state to be convicted by an international court since the Nuremberg trials after World War II.

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