The Special Court for Sierra Leone has resumed the trial of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, on eleven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. This is the first time that an African head of state has been tried before an international tribunal.
Due to security concerns, the trial was transferred from Freetown, Sierra Leone to The Hague, The Netherlands after a six-month delay.
The charges against Mr. Taylor emanate from his alleged support for the Revolutionary United Front, the Sierra Leone rebel group notorious for its conscription of tens of thousands of child soldiers and its practice of severing the limbs of its victims.
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