Liberia's former President Charles Taylor is to begin his appeal at a UN-backed special court in Den Haag. Taylor appeals against the verdict handed down on May 30, 2012 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The former politician was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone civil war from 1991 until 2002. He was found guilty of supplying weapons to Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for so-called blood diamonds, and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Taylor is the first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremburg trials after World War II. He was tried in The Hague due to fears that his trial in Sierra Leone would destabilize the region. Taylor will remain in The Hague also during the appeal process.
Taylor's lawyers submitted a formal notice of their intention to appeal to the Special Court of Sierra Leone on June 19 last year. Should the appeal fail, Taylor will serve his sentence in Great Britain.
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