Ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor set for UK jail

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor will be transferred to a UK prison to serve a 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity. Picture: AP
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor will be transferred to a UK prison to serve a 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity. Picture: AP
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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is to be transferred to a British prison to serve his 50-year sentence for crimes against humanity.

Taylor became the first former head of state to be convicted by an international war crimes court since the Second World War when he was found guilty last year of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.

In a written statement to Parliament, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said that following a request from the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), former president Taylor will now be transferred to a prison in the UK to serve his sentence.