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A special court rejects the transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor from the United Kingdom

September 7, 2020

The Special Residual Court for Sierra Leone on Monday denied the motion of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who had been convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, to be relocated from British prison to another country where he was due to the pandemic of Sentenced to prison coronavirus.

Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2013 for guilty of crimes – including murder, mutilation, and rape – during the Sierra Leone Civil War for militarily and financially supporting the rebels of the United Revolutionary Front (RUF) in ensuring the commercialization of ” Blood diamonds ”.

The court issued a statement indicating that the former president’s application, incarcerated in Frankland Prison, was denied. Taylor said the “massive coronavirus outbreak” in the country was “a significant risk” to his life.

A special court rejects the transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor from the United KingdomA special court rejects the transfer of former Liberian President Charles Taylor from the United Kingdom

However, Judge Teresa Doherty has indicated that the former president has not complied with the court’s request to specify which countries he considered safe, adding that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared no place in the world to be safe before the pandemic got from the coronavirus.

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