[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday appealed his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive]. Taylor's appeal [AFP report] states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] made "systematic errors" in evaluating evidence and relied on hearsay as the basis for its fact-finding. The former warlord was sentenced to 50 years in prison in May after he...

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