January 30, 2008

War Crimes Trial Spurs Threat Claim

A witness in the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, said a group of men stormed his family compound and said they would “all be killed,” reports the BBC.

The witness — Vamba Sherif, a former aide to Taylor — claims that the ex-president provided shelter in Liberia to rebels from neighboring Sierra Leone.

The trial is currently underway in the Netherlands. Prosecutors say that Taylor backed rebels in Sierra Leone, provoking border-crossing violence, extrajudicial killings, sexual slavery and looting.

Source:

“‘Death threats’ over Taylor trial”
BBC, January 25, 2008

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