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Hague court convicts Taylor of war crimes in Sierra Leone

Judges at a war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands give their ruling on the former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of arming Sierra Leone's rebels who paid him in "blood diamonds".

(THE GUARDIAN) THE HAGUE - Taylor is guilty of "aiding and abetting" war crimes in Sierra Leone, the judge says.

Taylor's "practical assistance, encouragement and moral support" for the RUF had "a substantial effect" on the commission of crimes in Sierra Leone, the ruling says. Taylor knew the RUF was committing crimes, it adds.

The court finds also that Taylor's activities had a "substantial" impact on the "commission of crimes' by the RUF and others.

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