Blood diamonds http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27264/all en Stiffer jail term urged for former Liberian president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/stiffer-jail-term-urged-former-liberian-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Thomas Escritt</p> <p>THE HAGUE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Prosecutors called for a stiffer sentence for former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday, telling war crimes judges in the Hague he played a direct role in crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Taylor's defence, which wants his conviction overturned, wrote in filings to the court hearing both appeals that the conviction was "plagued with internal inconsistencies, misstatements of evidence and conflicting findings".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/stiffer-jail-term-urged-former-liberian-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Sierra Leone Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:45:27 +0000 5737759 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Prosecutors seek tougher warcrimes term for Liberia's Taylor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-prosecutors-seek-tougher-warcrimes-term-liberias-taylo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Former Liberian leader did not aid atrocities, defence says</p> <p>* Prosecutors say he played direct role, want wider conviction</p> <p>* Defence says much of evidence against Taylor is hearsay (Adds defence response)</p> <p>By Thomas Escritt</p> <p>THE HAGUE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Prosecutors called for a stiffer sentence for former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday, telling war crimes judges he played a direct role in crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-prosecutors-seek-tougher-warcrimes-term-liberias-taylo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Sierra Leone Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:00:47 +0000 5737840 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Detective in Liberian ex-president's trial jailed for witness tampering http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/detective-liberian-ex-presidents-trial-jailed-bribery <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects headline and paragraph 3 to make clear investigator was not convicted of bribery)</p> <p>* Detective convicted of witness tampering</p> <p>* Ex Liberian President convicted of war crimes</p> <p>By Tommy Trenchard</p> <p>FREETOWN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - An investigator hired by former Liberian President Charles Taylor's defence team will spend 30 months in jail for tampering with prosecution witnesses in the landmark case, a U.N.-backed court decided on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/detective-liberian-ex-presidents-trial-jailed-bribery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Crimes International relations Law Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:00:24 +0000 5750393 at http://www.globalpost.com Belgium seeks end to EU sanctions on Zimbabwe miner http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/belgium-seeks-end-eu-sanctions-zimbabwe-miner <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Some EU states oppose move, want more political progress</p> <p>* EU sanctions on Zimbabwe must be renewed by Feb. 20</p> <p>By Adrian Croft</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Belgium is pushing for European Union sanctions on a Zimbabwean gold and diamond mining company to be lifted, putting it at odds with some of its EU partners days before a deadline to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/belgium-seeks-end-eu-sanctions-zimbabwe-miner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blood diamonds Politics Technology War Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:45:17 +0000 5755196 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-Angola PM hits out at government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/ex-angola-pm-hits-out-at-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A former Angolan prime minister on Tuesday launched a barbed attack against his former government colleagues, denouncing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's government as authoritarian and corrupt.</p> <p>At the first congress of a new political party Marcolino Moco accused the regime of dos Santos, who has ruled for 33 years, of carrying out an institutional "coup".</p> <p>"It would be an exaggeration to say that the country is experiencing a coup d'etat but there is a political and institutional coup being carried out by the party in power."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/ex-angola-pm-hits-out-at-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angola Blood diamonds Politics War AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:46:14 +0000 5799610 at http://www.globalpost.com Audit: Liberian gov't awarded billions in contracts to multinationals that violated law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130503/audit-liberian-govt-awarded-billions-contracts-multinational <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MONROVIA, Liberia - The Liberian government awarded about $8 billion in contracts to multinational companies without following its own laws, according to a draft of a new audit that reviewed dozens of deals.</p> <p>Critics say the way the government granted concessions for timber, mining and oil exploration has allowed the companies to benefit at the expense of the West African nation still recovering from civil war a decade later. It was not immediately clear how those contracts the audit found to be improper might be affected.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130503/audit-liberian-govt-awarded-billions-contracts-multinational" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Economic Community of West African States Government Liberia Republics The Canadian Press Fri, 03 May 2013 16:01:24 +0000 5830487 at http://www.globalpost.com S.Leone deports former Taylor associate ahead of court hearing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/sleone-deports-former-taylor-associate-ahead-court-hearing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tommy Trenchard</p> <p>FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone deported an associate of former Liberian president Charles Taylor a week before he was due to stand trial for crimes committed during the West African nation's 1991-2002 civil war, prompting an outcry from rights campaigners.</p> <p>Ibrahim Bah has been named by United Nations' experts as an intermediary for Taylor's arms deliveries to Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, notorious for using child soldiers and hacking off the limbs of civilians.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/sleone-deports-former-taylor-associate-ahead-court-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Human Interest Warlords Thomson Reuters Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:33:04 +0000 5903128 at http://www.globalpost.com Sierra Leone deports former Taylor associate days before trial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/sierra-leone-deports-former-taylor-associate-days-trial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tommy Trenchard</p> <p>FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone deported an associate of former Liberian president Charles Taylor last week, sparing him a trial for crimes committed during the 1991-2002 civil war due to begin on Monday, to the dismay of human rights campaigners.</p> <p>Ibrahim Bah has been named by United Nations experts as an intermediary for Taylor's arms deliveries to Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, who became notorious for using child soldiers and hacking off the limbs of civilians.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130805/sierra-leone-deports-former-taylor-associate-days-trial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Human Interest Sierra Leone Thomson Reuters Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:02:45 +0000 5903229 at http://www.globalpost.com Liberia's Charles Taylor faces final war crimes verdict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/liberias-charles-taylor-faces-final-war-crimes-verdict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A UN-backed court on Thursday hands down its final verdict against Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, jailed initially for 50 years for arming rebels during Sierra Leone's brutal 1990s civil war.</p> <p>The appeals judges' ruling at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) marks the end of the road for the former west African strongman's seven-year long trial.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/liberias-charles-taylor-faces-final-war-crimes-verdict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Charles Taylor Disaster Special Court for Sierra Leone AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:24:36 +0000 5944859 at http://www.globalpost.com Court to deliver appeals verdict in Charles Taylor's Sierra Leone war crimes convictions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130926/court-deliver-appeals-verdict-charles-taylors-sierra-leone-w <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands - Judges at a U.N.-backed tribunal are delivering their judgment in former Liberian president Charles Taylor's appeal against his convictions and 50-year sentence for planning and aiding atrocities by rebels in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war.</p> <p>Taylor, 65, became the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II when the Special Court for Sierra Leone found him guilty on April 26, 2012, of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130926/court-deliver-appeals-verdict-charles-taylors-sierra-leone-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Special Court for Sierra Leone The Canadian Press Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:03:31 +0000 5945109 at http://www.globalpost.com Charles Taylor: from lay preacher to war criminal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/charles-taylor-lay-preacher-war-criminal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, the first former head of state to be sentenced in a war crimes trial by a global court since 1946, was once one of Africa's most feared warlords.</p> <p>The 65-year-old who once notoriously compared himself to Jesus saw his 50-year sentence upheld Thursday for a catalogue of gruesome acts committed by the Sierra Leonean rebels he aided and abetted during that country's 1991-2001 civil war, one of the most brutal in modern history.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/charles-taylor-lay-preacher-war-criminal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Economic Community of West African States Law AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:20:22 +0000 5945243 at http://www.globalpost.com UN court rejects Charles Taylor's appeal against 50-year sentence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/un-court-upholds-charles-taylors-50-year-term-appeal He will now most likely spend the rest of his life in a foreign prison, possibly in Britain.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/un-court-upholds-charles-taylors-50-year-term-appeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Disaster Special Court for Sierra Leone War AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:34:00 +0000 5945270 at http://www.globalpost.com Charles Taylor's victims hail war crimes verdict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/charles-taylors-victims-hail-war-crimes-verdict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Victims of the bloody regime of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone was upheld by an international court on Thursday.</p> <p>The final verdict handed down by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) draws a line under a seven-year trial of the 65-year-old former Liberian president, sentenced in May last year for "some of the most heinous crimes in human history".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/charles-taylors-victims-hail-war-crimes-verdict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Charles Taylor Disaster Politics Social Issues AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:24:09 +0000 5945322 at http://www.globalpost.com UN court upholds Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/un-court-upholds-charles-taylors-50-year-sentence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A UN-backed appeals court on Thursday upheld Liberian ex-president and warlord Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence for arming rebels during Sierra Leone's brutal 1990s civil war.</p> <p>"The appeals chamber... affirms the sentence of 50 years in prison and orders that the sentence be imposed immediately," judge George King told the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague.</p> <p>The landmark ruling marks the end of the road for the former west African strongman's marathon case spanning seven years. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130926/un-court-upholds-charles-taylors-50-year-sentence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Blood diamonds Charles Taylor Disaster Politics Special Court for Sierra Leone AFP Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:03:28 +0000 5945382 at http://www.globalpost.com Former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve 50-year sentence in British prison http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131010/former-liberian-president-charles-taylor-serve-50-year-sente <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The British government says former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be transferred to a U.K. prison to serve his 50-year sentence for sponsoring atrocities in Sierra Leone.</p> <p>Taylor, 65, is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World War II.</p> <p>The Special Court for Sierra Leone found him guilty in April 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers. His conviction and sentence were upheld at appeal last month.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131010/former-liberian-president-charles-taylor-serve-50-year-sente" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blood diamonds International relations Warlords The Canadian Press Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:19:28 +0000 5957084 at http://www.globalpost.com