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Liberia: Charles Taylor’s request to ‘change prison’ rejected by court

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

A bid by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to be moved from a British prison has been rejected by a special court in Sierra Leone.

The former president was requesting to be moved citing coronavirus risk but that was not considered a strong reason to move him.

According to Taylor the coronavirus pandemic in the UK was a big threat to his life and wanted to be moved to a “safe third country”.

AFP reported that the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone said Taylor had not specified which countries he considered safe.

Taylor’s request was also rejected as the court said no country has been declared safe from Covid-19 by the World Health Organization.

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Ex-president Taylor became president of Liberia following a peace agreement in 1997.

A second civil war broke out in 1999 and Taylor was forced into exile in 2003.

He was found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war.

Taylor is currently serving a 50-year sentence in a British prison for supporting rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone.

An act of parliament was passed to allow for Taylor to serve his sentence in the UK, at the cost of the British government, following his conviction in a UN-backed court.


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