UN war crimes court to rule on Taylor next month

AMSTERDAM - The UN war crimes court trying Charles Taylor for atrocities in Sierra Leone said on Thursday it will deliver a verdict on April 26, nearly five years after the former Liberian president went on trial in the Netherlands.
Taylor, the first African leader to go before an international tribunal, faced 11 counts of murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery covering atrocities during the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s that killed more than 250,000 people.
Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone accused Taylor, 63, of running a "blood diamond" trade, using profits from the sale of precious stones to buy weapons and enrich himself.
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