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Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years

2012-05-30 11:51

Leidschendam - A UN-backed war crimes court sentenced former Liberian president Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday for arming Sierra Leone rebels in return for "blood diamonds".

"The trial chamber unanimously sentences you to a single term of imprisonment for 50 years on all counts," said Special Court for Sierra Leone judge Richard Lussick at the court based just outside The Hague.

Comments
  • WhitePrivilege - 2012-05-30 11:59

    People of colour should unite against racism.

      Felix - 2012-05-30 12:05

      People of all colours, including white. You would have to leave though, due to your racist attitude.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 12:07

      Look before we turn this into a racial debate let us look at the facts; most of the people who go to the Hague are black africans simply because it's african leaders who are the sole contributors of such heinous crimes towards their own african people. So it's not as if the international courts randomly go to africa picking out leaders like Hey you look like a heartless bast@rd and you black...hmmmm you need to go to the Hague. But I firmly agree with your stance that we should unite against racism. Let the world smile even just for a while.

      Mmannyo - 2012-05-30 12:21

      Too lenient sentence, could have made it with execution.

      javaslovers - 2012-05-30 12:25

      Phiri,u must be high.what about,NATO,Blair??? Wake up black.

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:25

      @Rphiri Black like Milosevic. Black like Mladic. Black like Radovan Karadic. While whites like Mugabe are free. Right - give me a break!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:27

      This is another Kangaroo court of note............. Why is Bush and Blair not charged ???? Why aren't the Israeli forces not leaving the Occupied West bank. These organizations are corrupt as and soon will be diluted to the Past. Seems Western countries are immune to prosecution. Fake as Wanks..................Be Fair or get F**ked.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 12:48

      Good, this will protect 12 year old boys from becoming murderers and protect 12 year old girls from becoming whores. By the way; Of the 110 countries that are signartories to the ICC, 33 ARE AFRICAN COUNTRIES !!!!!!!!

      Eben - 2012-05-30 13:12

      Firstly what in heavens does your comment have to do with the article???. Secondly in response to your misplaced comment, you mention that people of colour should unite against racism....... does that include the millions of white people who also does not condone racism, but does not confuse this with incompetence, ignorance and plain stupidity!!. You are an idiot for posting that kind of rubbish.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 13:22

      Is White not a Colour ???

      shaunl1 - 2012-05-30 15:37

      white people should unite again racism.

  • Henri - 2012-05-30 11:59

    wonder what will happen if he had to ask about medical parole, oops sorry my mistake - in the real world they dont give a flying horses @rse.

  • Phumlani - 2012-05-30 11:59

    gorge bush and tony blair should follow for the atrocities they committed.

      Felix - 2012-05-30 12:06

      Along with Bobgarbage.

      Theo - 2012-05-30 12:08

      And Zuma

      vlarismam - 2012-05-30 12:21

      And Mbeki

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:28

      @Phumlani So you think Bush and Blair should be in jail for freeing Iraq from filth like Saddam Hussein and Afghanistan from the Taliban. You are misguided, I believe.

      Henri - 2012-05-30 12:32

      and Dalema

      StilleWaters - 2012-05-30 13:13

      Names, places, dates or gtfo

  • rbphiri - 2012-05-30 12:02

    50 years is nothing for crimes against humanity. That's a mere slap on the wrist for this inhumane tyrant, well judge while you at it provide him with free vaseline as well.

      javaslovers - 2012-05-30 12:26

      U must be tweaking

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:29

      I hope 50 years is enough. Sadly no death sentence is available.

  • Herman - 2012-05-30 12:03

    Now for mugabe!

      Jimmy - 2012-05-30 12:13

      Mugabe like the Americans did no sign to be party to the ICC. Honestly they are not that daft.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 12:29

      EXPLAIN TO ME !! WHYYYYYYYYYY is it only in Africa that you get dictators in a supposed democratic society. Ill tell you .. its to do with us being very very much third world, Too much power ,, too little education and intellectual understanding of the BIG world out there.

      Herman - 2012-05-30 12:38

      could it be level of education, maybe hating the whiteman??

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:41

      @ LOO ( appropriately named unit here ) Dictators are not an African problem , you really are a ridiculous fool. Dictators are a problem across the entire Planet. Educate that area between the Ears, Thanks

      Loo - 2012-05-30 13:07

      Ai once again that Wind Tunnel between your ears did not allow you to see the distinction made between SUPPOSEDLY DEMOCRATIC countries. So DUDE ,, try and get that one braincell of yours to move. Or wait in easy English (not that it will help that vacuum people). I DID not refer to China or similar. I was referring to countries that say they are democratic but are dictatorships,, like your pals, Sudan,Congo,Liberia,Zimbabwe etc. etc.,, need I go on you moronous Little cabagehead

  • Matt - 2012-05-30 12:04

    This is good news. Not just for Sierra Leone, but for the people of Liberia too. He caused many, many deaths in his home country too.

  • mthabine.justice - 2012-05-30 12:06

    if Blair and Bush were black, they were going to get 100yrs improsonment for the war crimes in Irag, for their claims of weapons of mass distruction were untrue! but they are not Afriacns and not so black!

      Herman - 2012-05-30 12:08

      racist idiot!

      mthabine.justice - 2012-05-30 12:21

      truth hurts!

      Herman - 2012-05-30 12:28

      typical......us blacks, everybody hates us, nobody loves us.....grow a backbone!

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:31

      Long Live George Bush Long live Tony Blair Long live America Long live Great Britain Viva Democracy and freedom, Viva!

      Henri - 2012-05-30 12:33

      no idiots are oxygen thieves

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:34

      This world is a fake world therefore we as Africans need to forge a new way of living. The west continues to hinder our progress via these Bias cases and convictions. There are many Tyrants other than Africans that are free as Birds.

      Felix - 2012-05-30 12:35

      Funny, I don't see Obama in the Hague while the war continued. http://i.imgur.com/zedIJ.jpg

      dale.abels1 - 2012-05-30 13:24

      This is too funny, just had to comment..... . If Blair and Bush were black, they'd still go nowhere, because they'd still f*ck up anybody who tries to lift a finger against them.... . ....why do losers always moan the loudest?

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 12:06

    Let him swim with bin-laden.

  • Vusi - 2012-05-30 12:12

    Show me any western leader who has been sentenced by this court? Propaganda against African Leaders

      Loo - 2012-05-30 12:18

      Ok so all Western leaders are white .... ???? Tell that to Obama ,, or wait.. rather try and not be so narrow minded. The world out there don't have the race chip on the shoulder. Africa to them is just one HUGE headache of people governing ourselves inot the ground and then look/beg the SAME Western World to bail us out of our own Sh*..t

      vlarismam - 2012-05-30 12:30

      Vusi - there's too many to list but check it out on Wiki

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:32

      True Vusi, Seems the World turns to the same old tune sung in the 18th Century. What about Bush , Blair and the Israeli government ??????

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:33

      Hermann Goering African leaders can avoid the ICC. They only need to be democratic and stop stealing and killing their own citizens. Easy!

      david.baker.sa - 2012-05-30 12:38

      Nonsense Vusi you have done zero research on this and are falling back on emotion. Taylor is an evil man and I dont care what colour/nationality/religion he is. a) The pre-cursor to Hague was Nuremburg and as you know about 20 Nazi leaders got hanged (plus many more at lower levels) b) But if you want to ignore that look at Serbia Mainly Christian Serbs (not all of them committed crimes on Mulsim Serbs, Bosnians etc.) Slobadan Milosovic was being tried and heading for a long jail term befor ehe died. As the leader he was heading for a Taylor like sentence Others * Nikola Sainovic, Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister, 22 years* Dragoljub Ojdanic, Chief of General Staff of the VJ - 15 years * Nebojsa Pavkovic, commander of Third Army, - 22 years in prison. * Vladimir Lazarevic, 15 years * Sreten Lukic, Chief of Staff of the Serbian police- 22 years in prison. And others

  • Elizabeth Venter - 2012-05-30 12:14

    u ppl screaming the racist card again are idiots! my father works in the hague for the tribunal, and i guarantee u, it is not only black ppl charged with war crimes! its just that the majority of them that commit these hideous crimes are black... unfortunate, but true...

      Vusi - 2012-05-30 12:16

      your father is white isn't he? Was is Tony Blair and Bush not charged?

      Phumlani - 2012-05-30 12:21

      elizabeth u deliberately rufuse to think, Wow, it was only the late bosnian president that was forced to apear before hague, because he differd with western powers. bush lied about the invasion of iraq, elizabeth yo stupidity makes u a racist

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:30

      The facts state another Reality Elizabeth. Your dad must be part of the corrupt regime. We don't care for these Biased courts and they have no rights here in Africa.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:32

      True.... What about Bush , Blair and the Israeli government ????? Any of these criminals been charged..............Your dad is part of the problem....unfortunate but True.

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:34

      @Vusi Because Blair and Bush are not criminals. That's why.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-05-30 12:39

      @Phumlani See partial list I posted above. Lots got sentenced in the Hague all as white as me

  • lumumbamoeletsi - 2012-05-30 12:16

    What about De Klerk, under his adinistration lots of black were murdered, families tourn apart, lots of people vanished without a trace, wallah, he was the awarded a Peace noble price. anyway Im not supprised coz he violated the humanrights of Africans not Coucatiens.

      Felix - 2012-05-30 12:27

      Taylor also only violated black African rights, what's your point?

      Henri - 2012-05-30 12:37

      UN has regulations and rules they follow unlike the African continent. One rule they keep close to heart is not to mingle into countries domestic affairs. Thats why FW de Klerk, who won the nobel peace award for helping bringing an end to apartheid, was never trailed. U forget very quickly how it came to an end or are you also brainwashed that it was all the ANC`s work ?

      Yar - 2012-05-30 12:44

      @lumumba You have a poor memory. As I recall FW de Klerk dismantled apartheid. Get the chip off your shoulder.

      raymond.sebeela - 2012-05-30 13:48

      @Yar, did he or was forced to?

  • Bongani Manqoba Mazibuko - 2012-05-30 12:21

    they will never get mugabe never not even king mswati

  • bryan.billy2 - 2012-05-30 12:25

    y only african leaders? I dnt kw may b ts a target bt NB we ol stl gng 2 face a truly nd fair judgement in heaven. Lets wat nd c.

      Henri - 2012-05-30 12:46

      what, where did you learn to write, please go and ask for a refund or pay more attention than what you are actually trying to bribe your education.

      Tyrone - 2012-05-30 15:34

      @Zoolie Damn dude. Im pretty sure i can say the same for you!

  • Thato - 2012-05-30 12:32

    Will W BUSH join him also I wonder mmmmm...thinking very hard

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 12:43

    The western Vampires are supported by the puppet afrecan leaders who does not have iron Balls to face the colonial zionest clowns.Take obama , zarkos and the uk gay leader to the ICC for mass murders in lybia

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 12:44

    RPhiri is a peopsak idiot !!!

  • simbarashe.kwangwari - 2012-05-30 13:49

    Tough from president to inmate waal life can change in a blink of an eye

  • shaunl1 - 2012-05-30 15:32

    White people should unite against racism.

  • manaf.abubakari - 2012-05-31 16:16

    A DAY AWAITS ALL OF US WHERE THE IMPARTIAL JUDGE SHALL DELIVER AN UNQUESTIONABLE VERDICT AND BUSH,BLAIR,NETANYAHU,SAUDI AND BAHRAINI DICTATORS,BAN KI MOON AND BETRAYER OBAMA SHALL HAVE A WELL DESERVED PUNISHMENT FROM GOD ALMIGHTY FOR THEIR HYPOCRICY AND DOUBLE STANDARDS.THE TRIAL WILL BE SO FAIR THAT THEIR BODY PARTS SHALL TENDER IN EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM.WHAT A DAY! CONSIDER THIS:INDEFINITE INSECURITY IN IRAQ,THAT SADAM HAD WMD WHICH WAS NOT TRUE

  • manaf.abubakari - 2012-05-31 16:17

    A DAY AWAITS ALL OF US WHERE THE IMPARTIAL JUDGE SHALL DELIVER AN UNQUESTIONABLE VERDICT AND BUSH,BLAIR,NETANYAHU,SAUDI AND BAHRAINI DICTATORS,BAN KI MOON AND BETRAYER OBAMA SHALL HAVE A WELL DESERVED PUNISHMENT FROM GOD ALMIGHTY FOR THEIR HYPOCRICY AND DOUBLE STANDARDS.THE TRIAL WILL BE SO FAIR THAT THEIR BODY PARTS SHALL TENDER IN EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM.WHAT A DAY! CONSIDER THIS:INDEFINITE INSECURITY IN IRAQ,THAT SADAM HAD WMD WHICH WAS NOT TRUE

  • manaf.abubakari - 2012-05-31 16:17

    A DAY AWAITS ALL OF US WHERE THE IMPARTIAL JUDGE SHALL DELIVER AN UNQUESTIONABLE VERDICT AND BUSH,BLAIR,NETANYAHU,SAUDI AND BAHRAINI DICTATORS,BAN KI MOON AND BETRAYER OBAMA SHALL HAVE A WELL DESERVED PUNISHMENT FROM GOD ALMIGHTY FOR THEIR HYPOCRICY AND DOUBLE STANDARDS.THE TRIAL WILL BE SO FAIR THAT THEIR BODY PARTS SHALL TENDER IN EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM.WHAT A DAY! CONSIDER THIS:INDEFINITE INSECURITY IN IRAQ,THAT SADAM HAD WMD WHICH WAS NOT TRUE

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