The war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor ended Friday with judges expected to take months to reach a verdict on whether he can be tied to murders during Sierra Leone's civil war.
In their final remarks, prosecutors warned the judges against being taken in by Taylor, "an intelligent and charismatic man" who portrayed himself during the three-year trial as a statesman and peacemaker rather than a warlord who used a surrogate army to pillage a nation.
The defense concluded by denying prosecution claims that Taylor was part of a criminal conspiracy with rebel leaders seizing power in neighboring Sierra Leone, providing them with weapons and support in exchange for diamonds illegally mined by slave labor.
A verdict is expected in five or six months, Taylor's attorney said. Taylor, the first African head of state to be tried by an international court, faces a maximum life sentence if convicted.
I personally think that it is time that African dictators and rebel leaders face trial and convictions for their cruel actions against civilians and their countries. African leaders have been getting away for a very long time with atrocities, they should start paying. Keeping my fingers cross that he does indeed get convicted and JUSTICE BE SERVE.