U.S. Raises the stakes on Charles Taylor
All Africa, April 29 2005

"Royce added that Taylor, who currently lives in Nigeria as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that ended Liberia's civil war in 2003, has been reluctant to comply with the terms of his peaceful ouster agreement, under which he was offered exile on condition that he refrain from further involvement in Liberian affairs. Taylor "continues to interfere," Royce said.

Taylor has been charged with seventeen counts of "war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian law" for his role in fueling the crisis in Sierra Leone by giving the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) arms, supplies and logistical support.

Royce said prosecutors have assembled enough evidence to convince Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to extradite Taylor. "

"Taylor violated the terms of his asylum agreement with Nigeria by traveling to Burkina Faso in February to meet with a political ally, Francis Galawulo, who recently announced his candidacy for Liberia's presidency, according to documents from the Special Court for Sierra Leone obtained by the Financial Times. Taylor also masterminded the January assassination attempt on Guinean President Lansana Conté, said David Crane, chief prosecutor of the Special Court."
























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