Charles Taylor begins his address before the international court in the Netherlands that found him guilty last month of aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone.
(CNN) THE HAGUE - Prosecutors have said the former Liberian president deserves an 80-year prison sentence to reflect the gravity of the crimes.
He is speaking at a sentencing hearing at the court in The Hague. The judges are due to deliver their sentencing judgment on May 30.
"Should the trial chamber decide to impose a global sentence, 80 years' imprisonment would be appropriate," Brenda Hollis, chief prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, said in a statement earlier this month.