World Bulletin/News Desk
Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president sentenced to 50 years in prison for crimes against humanity by an international tribunal, will serve his jail term in Britain, the British governmentsaid on Thursday.
Last month, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in The Hague, upheld his conviction for using the proceeds of 'blood diamonds' mined in the conflict zone to finance rebels who raped, murdered and mutilated their way across Liberia's northern neighbour during its 11-year civil war.
"The conviction of Charles Taylor is a landmark moment for international justice," said British justice minister Jeremy Wright in a statement to parliament.
"It clearly demonstrates that those who commit atrocities will be held to account and that no matter their position they will not enjoy impunity," he said.
Taylor is the first head of state to be sent to prison by an international court since Nazi leaders were sentenced at Nuremberg after World War II.Last Mod: 10 Ekim 2013, 13:45