LONDON - Ex-Liberia leader Charles Taylor is to serve war crime sentence in British jail, reports Henry Austin and Alastair Jamieson, of NBC News
Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president sentenced to 50 years in prison for crimes against humanity, will serve his jail term in Britain, the U.K. government said on Thursday.
Taylor, 64, was charged with murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, the court found him guilty of only some of the charges.
He 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 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 neighbor during its 11-year civil war.
The tribunal found Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity by supporting notoriously brutal rebels in return for "blood diamonds."
"The conviction of Charles Taylor is a landmark moment for international justice," British justice minister Jeremy Wright wrote 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.
“The United Kingdom's offer to enforce any sentence imposed on former President Taylor by the SCSL was crucial to ensuring that he could be transferred to The Hague to stand trial for his crimes.” Source - NBC
23rd September, 2013.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Your Excellency, Sir,
Re: The Zambian Government has committed offenses against International Law and Order in The Matter of Barotseland
Offenses against international law and order; crimes that affect the proper functioning of international society. Some authorities regard so-called international crimes as crimes of individuals that all or most states are bound by treaty to punish in accordance with national laws passed for that purpose.
Examples of this type of crimes are piracy, hijacking and war crimes. The international law commission has formulated Draft Articles on state Responsibility which attempt to define international crimes for which individual states are liable.
It gives examples:
(1) a serious breach of an international obligation (legal duty) essential to safeguard peace (e.g aggression) or peoples' right to self-determination (e.g colonial domination by force);
(2) a widespread and serious breach obligations essential to safeguard individuals (e.g slavery, genocide or apartheid).
The above mentioned offenses against international law and order are some of what Zambia has been found wanting because they not only unilaterally abrogated the now null and void BA 1964 with impunity which is an international treaty, but have also gone further to commit genocide against the inhabitants of Barotseland through killings, torture and indiscriminate arrests of people of Barotseland.
Currently 71 Barotseland nationals are detained on the felony of Treason in Zambian prisons for sympathizing with calls for Barotseland separate state, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of death under Zambian laws, and yet Barotse people have not lifted even a pebble in their quest for SELF-DETERMINATION.
We therefore wish to appeal to the United Nations to come to our rescue the SOONEST before we are all massacred by the lawless Zambian who seem to be demon possessed and thirsty for our Lozi blood.
Thanking you in advance, your Excellency because we have faith and hope in the United Nations and other international community.
Barotseland National Youth League.