Judges at the Hague has upheld the conviction of former of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
The judgement on Thursday reaffirms the 50-year prison sentence he was given last year for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Sierra Leone’s civil war.
He was sentenced in May 2012 for aiding rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war.
Mr.Taylor listened intently in court, as his appeal against his conviction for war crimes was rejected point by point.
Charles Taylor has no further grounds for appeal before this court, and he was given no opportunity to speak. He will serve his 50-year prison sentence in a foreign country, possibly the UK. Sweden and Rwanda have also offered to find a cell to house him.
Taylor, 65, was found to have supplied weapons to the Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for a constant flow of so-called blood diamonds.
He was found guilty at his trial of 11 crimes including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the vicious civil war of 1991-2002.
Judge Richard Lussick said at his trial that they were “some of the most heinous crimes in human history”.