— The Erimtan Angle —

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has lauded the ruling of the Special Court for Sierra Leone which today found former Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of planning, aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity, saying the verdict marked a milestone in the development of international justice (26 April 2012).

 • 1989: Launches rebellion in Liberia

• 1991: RUF rebellion starts in Sierra Leone

• 1997: Elected president after a 1995 peace deal

• 1999: Liberia‘s Lurd rebels start an insurrection to oust Mr Taylor

• June 2003: Arrest warrant issued; two months later he steps down and goes into exile to Nigeria

• March 2006: Arrested after a failed escape bid and sent to Sierra   Leone

• June 2007: His trial opens – hosted in The Hague for security reasons

• April 2012: Convicted of aiding and abetting the commission of war crimes  

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