Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been given a 50-year prison sentence in the Hague by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for aiding and abetting war crimes.
The prison term is for crimes committed in Sierra Leone between 1996 and 2002.
Amnesty International looks at key dates in the organisation’s campaigning work on his crimes and alleged crimes in Sierra Leone and Liberia prior to his arrest.
Charles Taylor, who also led the armed opposition group National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), was found guilty last month by international judges of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone internal armed conflict. He is yet to be prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed in his native country, Liberia.
While this historic judgment affirms that former heads of state cannot consider themselves immune from international justice, Amnesty International remains concerned that tens of thousands of people who suffered atrocities in Liberia and Sierra Leone are yet to see other perpetrators brought to justice.