THE HAGUE - Prosecutors called for a stiffer sentence for former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday, telling war crimes judges in the Hague he played a direct role in crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, Taylor's defense, which wants his conviction overturned, wrote in filings to the court hearing both appeals that the conviction was "plagued with internal inconsistencies, misstatements of evidence and conflicting findings".

Taylor, 64, was sentenced to 50 years last year after being found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 11-year war in neighboring Sierra Leone, in which an estimated 50,000 people had died by 2002.

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