Sunday, 13 March 2011

Taylor's war crimes trial closes

Charles Taylor at the Hague
The three-year long war crimes trial of Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor has closed for judges in The Hague to consider their verdict.


On the final day, the prosecution said Mr Taylor was an intelligent man who was hoping to fool the UN-backed court for Sierra Leone.


The defence team has argued that the trial has been politically motivated.


Mr Taylor denies 11 charges, including murder, rape and using child soldiers during the civil war in Sierra Leone.


He is the first former African leader to face such an international tribunal.


He has been accused of arming and controlling the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels during a 10-year campaign of terror conducted largely against civilians.


The RUF became infamous for hacking off the limbs of its victims, and using rape and murder to terrorise the population.
'Lavish' funds


On Friday morning, prosecution counsel Nicholas Koumjian said that Mr Taylor, 62, was an intelligent and charismatic person who could fool some of the people some of the time.


He was counting now on fooling the judges at the war crimes court, he said.


The prosecution statement was followed by defence rebuttals on the final day of hearings.


Judges have now adjourned to consider the verdict, expected in about four months.


On Thursday, the defence team attacked the credibility of some prosecution witnesses.


Funds had been "lavished" on witnesses, the lawyers said.


Mr Taylor's lawyers have argued that he tried to broker peace in Sierra Leone at the request of regional powers.


He has been accused of selling "blood diamonds" for the rebels, in return for supplying them with weapons.


Last year supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Mia Farrow were summoned to give evidence at the trial.


The prosecution was trying to establish a link between Mr Taylor and a number of uncut diamonds that Miss Campbell said she had been given in South Africa in 1997.


The Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague has heard from more than 100 witnesses.


If convicted, Mr Taylor would serve a prison sentence in the UK.




Source: BBC

2 comments:

Michele Ward said...

The website’s services can be accessed by signing up with one time subscription fee. Once you become a member of this site you can access all the services that we
are offering that range from Ebooks to online videos that will provide you many tips on how to sell and close business. There are many tips for enhancing your
selling skills. Many of the tips provided here are from experienced professionals that have been doing sales and closing business for over 25 years. As a member,
you can search what fits your style of selling and remember, there are various aspects of selling.
How To sell

biplob hossain Smb said...

visit and download sex video and porn,xxx,desi sex,tamil sex,ameater sex,curvy gril sex,lesbian sex,111212212 567546675 desi anti sex,fucking video,fuck pictures,buy prostetute,buy ass fuck

visit and download sex video and porn,xxx,desi sex,tamil sex,ameater sex,curvy gril sex,lesbian sex,desi anti sex,fucking video,fuck pictures,buy prostetute,buy ass fuck

visit and download sex video and porn,xxx,desi sex,tamil sex,ameater sex,curvy gril sex,lesbian sex,desi anti sex,fucking video,fuck pictures,buy prostetute,buy ass fuck