The crimes

The crimes:

Taylor has been found guilty of aiding and abetting all the crimes he was charged with – but the judges said he did not bear ultimate responsibility for them.

Initially charged with 17 breaches of international law, this was later revised to 11.

These are below, and fall into three categories: War Crimes (attacks on prisoners or other “protected persons” in violation of the Geneva conventions), Crimes Against Humanity (a deliberate campaign targeting civilians), and Other Breaches of International Law. All relate to crimes carried out in Sierra Leone by the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) or its allies, backed by Taylor.

1. Terrorism (charged as a War Crime)

2. Murder (charged as a Crime Against Humanity)

3. Murder (War Crime)

4. Rape (Crime Against Humanity)

5. Sexual slavery (Crime Against Humanity)

6. Outrages upon personal dignity (such as sexually abusing women in public; War Crime)

7. Violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular cruel treatment (such as the amputation of limbs; War Crime)

8. Other inhumane acts including mutilations, amputations and beatings (Crime Against Humanity)

9. Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces (Other Breaches of International Law)

10. Enslavement (Crime Against Humanity)

11. Pillage (War Crime)