Defiant Taylor Makes His Stand

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, the first African head of state to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, stepped up to the podium today at The Hague to begin his defense testimony. Like Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Milosevic before him, Taylor struck a defiant posture, painting himself as a leader besieged by jealous countrymen and vindictive foreigners determined to control his country. “This whole case has been ‘Let’s Get Taylor!’ . . . People have me eating human beings,” the 61-year-old raged during an emotional appearance. Taylor faces charges — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and conscription of child […]


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