Former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s 50-year sentence upheld

BY newsdesk  September 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM EDT

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A UN-backed special court in The Hague upheld former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s conviction and 50-year sentence today. Taylor is the first former head of state convicted of war crimes since the Nuremberg trials after World War II.
Stephanie Barbour, head of Amnesty International’s Centre for International Justice in The Hague, said “the court’s landmark ruling underlines that no one is above the law.”

According to the BBC, Taylor is expected to begin serving his sentence in a foreign jail immediately. The U.K., Sweden and Rwanda are among his possible destinations.

For more analysis on the reaction to Taylor’s original sentencing read Margaret Warner’s blog: Charles Taylor’s Sentence for Africans: Tough, Too Tough, Not Tough Enough.