Prosecutors began cross-examining former Liberian leader Charles Taylor on Tuesday over war crimes charges related to conflicts in his country and in Sierra Leone. Taylor is the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes.
REUTERS - Prosecutors at the U.N.-backed Sierra Leone court will start cross-examining Charles Taylor on Tuesday, challenging the former Liberian president on his denials of weapons trading in exchange for "blood diamonds".
Taylor, 61, has denied all 11 charges of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscripting child soldiers during the intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed.
"My government negotiated the peace in Sierra Leone," Taylor said under questioning from his defence counsel on Monday.
Date created : 2009-11-10