The Special Court for Sierra Leone has announced that the trial for the former president of Liberia Charles Taylor has been postponed from April 2 to June 4, 2007 at the request of the Taylor Defense. Justice Teresa Doherty ruled on the postponement and several other matters at the Taylor Status Conference on January 26 at the trial venue in The Hague. Taylor is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for the recruitment of child soldiers and the killing, mutilation, and sexual violence of thousands of victims during the civil war in Sierra Leone from 1996 through 2002. See here for further details.
UN Secretary-General Annan appointed Mr. Stephen Rapp as the new Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. .Mr. Rapp, an American, has been Chief of Prosecutions at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) since May, 2005. Prior to that appointment he was Senior Trial Attorney against the principals of RTLM radio and the editor of the Kangura newspaper in what is commonly referred to as the â€œMedia Trialâ€. Mr. Rapp succeeds Desmond da Silva, QC, who decided not to renew his contract after it expired in June 2006.
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