Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will serve his 50-year war crimes sentence in a UK prison, the government has confirmed.Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said Taylor would be transferred to a UK where he will spend 50 years .
The former Liberian president failed to overturn a 50-year sentence for war crimes against the people of neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Taylor, 65, was found guilty last year of 11 counts of war crimes, including murder, rape, torture and the enslavement of child soldiers. These offences were carried out in Sierra Leone by a brutal guerrilla army, styling itself the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Taylor gave the RUF guns, training and recruits in return for diamonds – which made him responsible for “aiding and abetting” their atrocities, ruled the UN Special Court.
Taylor had asked the International Criminal Court to let him serve his prison sentence in Rwanda.