English 1109 Monday, Wednesday 10:30
October 18, 2016
Journal Seven: Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor was a former Liberian politician. He was also the twenty-second president of Liberia. After college in the America Charles went back to Liberia. In 1989 and was trained as a guerrilla fighter and in charge of the Libyan-backed rebel group. He had wanted to help overthrow the Doe government thus starting the first Liberia war. After the death of Doe Charles had become a war lord also controlling a large portion of land. He had threatened the population to resume the war if they did not elect him to be president. He was in Office from August 97 to August 03 with his resignation.
Charles Taylor had done many horrible things in life. Actually before he came back to Liberia he had embezzled one million dollars from the Liberian Government. He fought extradition from the US back to Liberia and won. After his Presidency Charles was put on trial for his crimes. He was indicted on 17 counts for war crime like crimes against humanity, rape, and murder. On April 26 2012 the verdict had come in Charles was guilty of only eleven counts of war crimes and was to serve 50 years in prison. The Presiding Judge Richard Lussick had said “The accused has been found responsible for aiding and abetting as well as planning some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.”. Charles Taylor was sentenced to fifty years in jail.