Judges at an international war crimes court have sentenced Liberia’s erstwhile President, Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison. He was said to be responsible for some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history and was sentenced for war crimes during the long-lasting civil war in Srepa Leone.
Delivering the sentence on Wednesday, 30th May, Judge Richard Lussick said Taylor’s crimes were of the ”utmost gravity in terms of scale and brutality. The lives of many more innocent civilians in Sierra Leone were lost or destroyed as a direct result of his actions”. Lussick said.
The 64-year-old ex-warlord is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War 11. He will serve his sentence in a British jail. His lawyers are however, expected to appeal his convictions and that will likely keep him in a jail at the Hague, Netherland, for months.
Recall that Charles Taylor was granted assylum in Nigeria by erstwhile President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2002 which sparked off series of controversies. The controversies trailing that made Nigeria lose the right to host the Miss World 2002 pageant to South Africa.