Charles Taylor Sentenced To 50 Years For Supporting Rebels In Sierra Leone

Source: AP / CBS News

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands – International judges sentenced former Liberian President Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday, saying he was responsible for “some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history” by arming and supporting Sierra Leone rebels in return for “blood diamonds.”

The 64-year-old warlord-turned-president is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II and judges said they had no precedent when deciding his sentence.

Taylor will serve his sentence in a British jail. His lawyers, however, said they will appeal his convictions and that will likely keep him in a jail in The Hague, Netherlands, for months.

Prosecutor Brenda Hollis also said she was considering an appeal.

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