Charles Taylor,64, the former dictator and president of Liberia, will learn his fate today in the Hague, Netherlands. A man whose life story reads like a bad international crime novel, who is responsible for thousands of peoples deaths, waits for his trial to come to end. His trial began in 2007 and the prosecution rested its case against him early 2009. He was charged with 11 counts of Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes. The defense rested its case in late 2010. Since then it has been a struggle for the prosecution not to lose this case against the mass murderer on technicalities.
Taylor's life has brought him to many countries including the US, where he attended college and successfully escaped from prison. Liberia, where he caused two civil wars and the deaths of thousands. Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, where he was involved in the blood diamond for arms trade, and orchestrated that civil war. President, dictator, embezzler, drug dealer, torturer, fugitive, murderer, gun runner, just to mention a few names which he can be labeled with, there are many more. Well known names, such as evangelist Pat Robertson, Libyan dictator Gadhafi, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and even Naomi Campbell can be found in his resume of who's who. Add detention in the UK and the Netherlands and his story is global and infamous.
Wanted on criminal charges by just about everyone, including Interpol, the ICC, the Special Court for Sierra Leon, and technically the US marshals, justice for the people has been a long time coming. His victims, many who are "war amputees", women who were raped by his thugs, children who were forced in to service as "child soldiers" are still living and waited for this day for years. But the tens of thousands who have been killed at his behest will not see justice done.
If found guilty, Taylor faces up to life in Prison. Only the verdict will be read today[April 26TH]. If convicted his sentence will be announced in a few weeks.