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30.05.2012 Liberia

Liberia's Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years

By AFP
A trial chamber today unanimously sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in jail.  By Toussaint Kluiters (AFP)
LISTEN MAY 30, 2012
A trial chamber today unanimously sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in jail. By Toussaint Kluiters (AFP)

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AFP) - A UN-backed war crimes court sentenced former Liberian president Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday for arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".

"The trial chamber unanimously sentences you to a single term of imprisonment for 50 years on all counts," said Special Court for Sierra Leone judge Richard Lussick at the court based just outside The Hague.

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