Wednesday, May 02, 2007

International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) Bill [HL]

The Bill enables us to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor in an English prison if he is convicted by the Special Court on Sierra Leone. But was it right to transfer the proceedings from Freetown to The Hague? What evidence was there of the supposed threat to regional stability in West Africa that would have arisen if the trial had been conducted in Freetown; what are the views of Sierra Leone civil society and the victims of the war crimes about removing the trial from the country where the offences were committed, amd why did the court refuse to allow Charles Taylor to argue about the venue?

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