LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A war crimes court says a judgment in the appeals by former Liberian President Charles Taylor and prosecutors in his convictions for aiding and abetting atrocities by rebels in Sierra Leone will be delivered next month.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone said Tuesday the judgment will be issued Sept. 26. Taylor was convicted in 2012 of 11 crimes, including murder, rape, and using child soldiers for arming rebels in exchange for "blood diamonds" mined by slave laborers during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.
He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Taylor asked appeals judges to overturn the convictions, claiming trial judges made errors in law and in interpreting evidence. Prosecutors also appealed, saying the court should have convicted Taylor of ordering the crimes.