Charles Taylor trial resumes in The Hague 12 Jan 2010
The Trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor resumes at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague.

On 11 January 2009 the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor resumed at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague. Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Taylor, who is appearing as a witness in his defence case, will continue to be cross-examined by the Prosecution. In a decision of 30 November 2009, the Trial Chamber granted a Prosecution request to use ‘fresh documents’ in cross-examination in order to challenge the accused’s credibility. The Prosecution will use evidence to try and discredit Taylor’s testimony during examination-in-chief.

During his examination-in-chief, Taylor described his role as president of Liberia during the war in Sierra Leone, distancing himself from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and highlighting his role as a peacemaker during the war.

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