The judgment in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor will be announced on April 26 – one week from today – at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, the Netherlands. We have monitored the trial for the past four years and have put together some resource documents, which can be accessed below. In addition, our Legal Officer, Alpha Sesay, will be using Twitter to send out live updates from the courtroom on the day of the judgment. You can follow him at @sesayalpha.
Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law, allegedly committed from November 30, 1996 to January 18, 2002 during the course of Sierra Leone’s civil war. A review of the main legal issues and events of the case is available in this briefing paper.
To learn about our efforts beyond this website to communicate the judgment throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia, please see our fact sheet on bringing the Charles Taylor judgment home.
We encourage you to submit your reactions to the judgment as you have been throughout the trial. Indeed, it has been your voices that has turned a simple trial monitoring website into a vibrant forum for discussion about the issues facing Sierra Leone and Liberia.