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Cloud hangs over Taylor’s verdict

Cloud hangs over Taylor’s verdict

Thursday April 26th is the date the Special Court for Sierra Leone has set aside to deliver judgment on Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former Liberian war lord.

The ex-Liberian president was standing trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone for the heinous war crimes where he allegedly caused a great number of innocent people to suffer.

Mr. Taylor was initially charged on 17 counts. When he was transferred to the jurisdiction of the court, but before he was represented by counsel (and his first lawyer being Karim Khan), the prosecution focused their indictment and reduced it to 11 counts.  Ahead of Thursday’s ruling, apprehensions are mounted as Sierra Express Media closely monitors the situation here in Sierra Leone.

The masses are still having reflections in mind regarding what the eleven years war bequeathed them as a legacy. A divided spirit is judging the outcome of Taylor’s trial.

On one hand those with shades of opinion that the past is history are agitating that the sleeping dogs must be let lying in Taylor’s case, while on the other hand, bitter memories are lingering in the minds of those who suffered maiming, loss of parents and family, and public scars as a result of the war are praying that the fugitive should be made to rot in the jail.

To give prominence to this all important ruling, the outreach team of the Special Court for Sierra Leone is screening the end of the trial scene live in Freetown to give make information accessible to local journalists and state officials on how it all went and the outcome.

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