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War crimes court hears Taylor appeal

Prosecutors and lawyers defending former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor on Tuesday begin their appeals at Sierra Leone’s UN-backed special court against his 50-year prison sentence for fuelling the west African nation’s civil war.

world Updated: Jan 23, 2013 00:16 IST

Prosecutors and lawyers defending former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor on Tuesday begin their appeals at Sierra Leone’s UN-backed special court against his 50-year prison sentence for fuelling the west African nation’s civil war.

Appeals judges are to listen to arguments both from prosecutors demanding a heavier sentence and from the former strongman’s lawyers calling for his sentence to be quashed. Both sides will say judges made mistakes in convicting Taylor.