Taylor taken to Hague for trial

From: http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/06/20/taylor.transfer/index.html

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Posted: 2016 GMT (0416 HKT)

Charles Taylor, Liberian ex-president

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrived Tuesday in the Netherlands, where he will stand trial on 11 war crimes charges, an International Criminal Court spokeswoman said.

Taylor was taken to the detention center of the ICC in Scheveningen in The Hague, the court said.

It is the same center where former Yugoslav leader Slodoban Milosevic, who died of a heart attack earlier this year, was held. Milosevic also faced war crimes charges.

Taylor is accused of fueling a bloody civil war in Sierra Leone that led to widespread murder, rape and mutilation.

In April, appearing before a U.N.-backed tribunal in Sierra Leone, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include crimes against humanity, terrorizing a civilian population, unlawful killing, murder, mutilation and sexual slavery, among others.

They involve the civil war that devastated much of Sierra Leone. Involving riches of the diamond trade, the war was fought largely by teenagers who were forced to kill, given addictive drugs to provoke violent behavior and often instructed to rape and plunder.

Taylor was president of Liberia -- where he is also blamed for fueling a lengthy civil war -- until 2003, when he was forced from office under heavy international pressure, much of it from the United States.

He lived in exile in Nigeria until that nation, earlier this year, was persuaded by political pressure to hand him over for the tribunal. He was caught attempting to cross into Chad and arrested by border guards.

In November, Liberia elected Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president, making her the first female elected president on the African continent. , under a resolution adopted Friday by the United Nations Security Council authorizing the transfer.