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Charles Taylor convicted of crimes in S Leone

2012-04-26 13:14

The Hague - A UN-backed Sierra Leone court convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes on Thursday, the first African head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal.

Taylor, 64, was charged with murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in which more than 50 000 people were killed. The court found him guilty of only some of the charges.

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  • DSBennie - 2012-04-26 13:19

    At least there is some justice in this world

      Freddie - 2012-04-26 13:42

      Just don't expect it to come from Africa.

  • Bomb - 2012-04-26 13:21

    Now for the rest, let them all line up, Mugabe, Zuma, Mswati must be the first three.

      kaspaas.breekwater - 2012-04-26 13:44

      Don't forget about Mandela

      George - 2012-04-26 13:55

      White people are strange, don't forget Mugabe, don't forget Mandela. We must also not forget to round u guys up and throw you all into the sea.. dammm!!!!

      Bomb - 2012-04-26 15:29

      hahahaha, George, you a funny little insect, if I could, i would add Verwoerd to the list, but he's not exactly alive anymore is he. The names mentioned are all current state leaders, who are responsible for crimes against their own people on the African continent. If you can mention anyone who is white and fits into this category (a current state leader from Africa), feel free to enlighten us with his/her name. its not about black/white you idiot, its about facts.

      Bomb - 2012-04-27 11:09

      @Le.......Im sure there are validity to what you are saying, unfortunately the scale of terror and crimes that Taylor, Mugabe etc have undertaken far outweighs what de Klerk and Botha did. Although they weren't saints, they didn't order the rape, murder, and torture of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the destruction of whole villages. What you should wake up to is that these dictators did it to their own kind and race, whilst they were supposed to lead and protect the citizens. And if Taylor was so innocent as he said, why did he flee in the first place if he had nothing to worry about.

  • Anthony - 2012-04-26 13:21

    now what about rob, yes and jacob can go next....

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-26 13:24

    Does this now mean he gets a beach house in Clifton?

  • Shirley - 2012-04-26 13:27

    A little ray of light in a dark and gloomy world. Now they must get the rest of the evil doers!

  • Thokozane - 2012-04-26 13:35

    Never thought this day would come, I guess every dog has its day.

  • elewies - 2012-04-26 13:40

    This is such a BS organisation... Why aren't Bush and Blair prosecuted? Both of them are war criminals.

      Rob - 2012-04-26 13:56

      Killing Arabs doesnt count !

      Bomb - 2012-04-26 16:10

      just remember, their actions are justified through approval from the UN Security Council. Doesn't mean I don't agree with you though, as their soldiers are responsible for thousands of civilian casualties. Their soldiers at least don't rape, mutilate, burn and torture civilians by the thousands or even hundreds of thousands like the one's in Africa.

  • Freddie - 2012-04-26 13:41

    Mbeki's buddy. Remember how proud Mbeki was to allow Taylor to reside in our country? Say no more.

  • Gerhard - 2012-04-26 13:43

    Maybe Fidel can now tell us what a kind and progressive and caring person Charles Taylor is.

  • William - 2012-04-26 13:45

    Great!!! Now lets start targeting the other guys, Mugabe, Bashir from Sudan, etc etc etc!!!

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