Taylor to take the stand in his war crimes defense

07/13/2009 | Yahoo!

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor began his defense against charges he is responsible for war crimes committed in Sierra Leone. The first African head of state to be charged in The Hague, Taylor has been accused of 11 crimes, including murder, torture, rape, employing child soldiers and enabling sex slavery. Taylor's defense rests on arguing he is not responsible for the crimes, which his defense acknowledges as heinous.

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