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22 June 2006
(...) The trial of Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor could start in The Hague in January 2007, an official says.
20 June 2006
June 16, 2006
(...) Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor could be transferred to The Hague within weeks to stand trial for war crimes, the Sierra Leonean tribunal where he is being held said on Friday.
(...) The British government has said former Liberian
President Charles Taylor, who is in Sierra Leone
awaiting trial on charges of war crimes, could serve his
prison sentence in the United Kingdom if he is convicted.
June 9, 2006
(...) Charles Taylor will be able to watch the football World Cup from the
comfort of his prison cell, where the former Liberian president is awaiting
trial for his part in the civil war that devastated Sierra Leone.
June 1, 2006
(...) The Swedish Riksdag has approved a law that could allow the country to incarcerate former Liberian President Charles Taylor if he is convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), government officials said Thursday. The parliament gave unanimous approval Wednesday to an agreement with the SCSL, which will take effect July 1, that paves the way for Taylor to serve his possible sentence in Sweden. (...)
The Jurist (University of Pittsburg)
April 3, 2006
April 3, 2006: Prosecutors vs Taylor
March 30, 2006: Special Court requests Taylor be
The President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Justice A. Raja N. Fernando, yesterday made a request to the Government of The Netherlands and the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to facilitate the conduct of the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the Special Court in The Hague. (...) The trial would thus be held by a Trial Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in the Hague.
November 11, 2005: Resolution 1638
June 30, 2005: Declaration to African Union
A coalition of up to 300 African and international civil society groups sent a declaration to the African Union demanding that Nigeria surrender Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Press conferences were held in 14 countries throughout Africa announcing the declaration.
May 24, 2005: Bringing an end to impunity
Members of the United Nations Security Council underlined the importance of ensuring that all those who have been indicted by the Court appear before it, thereby strenghtening the stability of Sierra Leone and the sub-region and bringing and end to impunity.
May 18, 2006: An attempt to free Taylor?
An American and two Sierra Leoneans who were cleared of conspiracy charges for taking pictures of Sierra Leone's war crimes court were re-arrested on new charges after just one day of freedom. Prosecutors had said the men gave the impression they were hatching an escape plan for a suspect held in the court complex - former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
May 11, 2005: US Senate call for Nigeria to
The U.S. Senate passed the 4 May House Resolution by unanimous consent, joinging the call for Nigeria to transfer Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
May 4, 2005: US House of Representatives call for
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Resolution, 421-1, calling for Nigeria to transfer Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
February 24, 2005: European Parliament call for
The European Parliament unanimously passed a resolution calling for Nigeria to transfer Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
May 31, 2004: Motion Taylor's Lawyer dismissed
The Appeals Chamber decided the Special Court was an international court and that a head of state does nog enjoy immunity from prosecution before an international court. The motion was consequently dismissed.
October 31 / November 1, 2003
Taylor's lawyer, the late Terrence Terry, introduced a preliminary motion before the Special Court's Appeals Chamber unsuccessfully challenging the Court's jurisdiction to try him. The motion argued that as President of Liberia, Taylor enjoyed head of state immunity. He also argued that the Court was not an international tribunal and thus had no jurisdiction outside of Sierra Leone.
August 4, 2003 Exile Calabar
Taylor went into exile in Calabar, Nigeria.
March 3, 2003: 17-count indictment
The Special Court Prosecutor signed a 17-count indictment alleging war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitaria law. The indicment was confirmed by the Trial Chamber on March 7, 2003 but ordered kept under seal.
Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia,
was indicted on 7 March 2003 on a 17-count indictment for crimes against
humanity, violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and
of Additional Protocol II (commonly known as war crimes), and other
serious violations of international humanitarian law.
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