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Charles Taylor aided and abetted Sierra Leone war crimes, Hague court finds

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Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, has been found to have "aided and abetted" war crimes by a United Nations-backed tribunal in The Hague.

After four years of hearings at the special court for Sierra Leone, the disgraced one-time guerrilla leader was found to have provided sustained support for rebels during their reign of terror in the neighbouring west African state.

He was also said to have participated in the "planning" of certain attacks, including the assault on Freetown, te capital of Sierra Leone.

The judge said Taylor would be sentenced on 30 May after a hearing on 16 May.

Taylor, 64, the first African head of state to be brought before an international tribunal, had pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges

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