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Former Liberian president’s 50-year prison term stands

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LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — More than a decade after he helped rebels go on a murderous rampage in Sierra Leone, Charles Taylor was definitively convicted and imprisoned today for 50 years, in a ruling that provided redemption for victims and underscored how hard it is for international courts to prosecute world leaders.

The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone kept the 65-year-old former Liberian president’s conviction on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.

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