Monday, June 04, 2007

اليوم تبدأ محاكمة الرئيس الليبيرى السابق تشارلز تيلور

امام محكمة جرائم الحرب التابعة للأمم المتحدة فى هيج - هولندا
تبدأ اليوم محاكمة الطاغية الليبيرى تيلور المسئول عن الفظائع الانسانية التى حدثت فى سييراليون خلال الحرب الأهلية 1991 - 2001 على يد المليشيات المدعومة من نظام الحكم فى ليبيريا ابان رئاسته

هذا هو مصير كل الطغاة و ان طال الانتظار

The charges faced by Taylor, which include crimes against humanity, terrorizing a civilian population, unlawful killing, murder, mutilation and sexual slavery, stem from the 1991-2002 civil war that devastated much of Sierra Leone, which neighbors Liberia.
Involving riches of the diamond trade, the war was fought largely by teenagers who were forced to kill, given addictive drugs to provoke violent behavior and often instructed to rape and plunder.
When witnesses testify, survivors, including amputees, will take the stand with former Taylor allies who will be vital to proving he controlled rebels responsible for war crimes in another country.
Many will testify anonymously for fears of reprisals, and some will be put in witness protection schemes after giving evidence.
"Prosecutors will have to prove that the linkage exists between Taylor's alleged participation in the crimes and the crimes themselves," Elise Keppler, of Human Rights Watch, told AP.
"There is no question these kinds of cases are difficult, they are complex."
Taylor was president of Liberia from 1997 until 2003, when he was forced from office under heavy international pressure, much of it from the United States.
He lived in exile in Nigeria until that nation, earlier this year, was persuaded by political pressure to hand him over for the tribunal. He was arrested by border guards as he attempted to cross into Chad.
In November 2005, Liberia elected Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president, making her the first female elected president on the African continent.

CNN 4/6/2007

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