Trial may be in
The Hague, the Netherlands
Liberia's former President Charles Taylor is finally in a detention
centre in Sierra Leone. (...) However, for security reasons, the trial might
in fact take place in The Hague, rather than in the Sierra Leone capital,
Freetown. (...) The Dutch foreign ministry says it has received a formal
request from the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
BBC March 30, 2006
Arrested in northern Nigeria
Nigeria captured fugitive former Liberian President Charles Taylor on the
border with Cameroon on Wednesday and deported him to Liberia, easing its
embarrassment at his escape earlier in the week.
The dramatic arrest and deportation came hours before President Olusegun
Obasanjo was due to meet U.S. President George W. Bush, who has been pushing
for Taylor to face war crimes charges in a special U.N.-backed court for
Reuters March 29, 2006
Disappearance from Calabar, Nigeria
The location of exiled former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who
is wanted for war crimes by a court in Sierra Leone, was unknown on Monday
and his spokesman in Nigeria would not give any information.
Reuters March 27, 2006
Nigeria agrees to hand Taylor over to Liberia
The Nigerian government on Saturday agreed to allow Liberian
authorities to arrest exiled leader Charles Taylor and return him to
Liberia, where he is accused of war crimes.
CNN March 26, 2006
Nigeria says to transfer Taylor to Liberia
Nigeria will transfer former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who
is living in exile in Nigeria and has been indicted for war crimes, to
Liberian custody, the Nigerian government said on Saturday.
Reuters March 25, 2006
Nigerian President Obasanjo’s office confirmed that
Sirleaf made a “formal request” for the extradition of
Liberia has requested the extradition from Nigeria of former Liberian
head of state Charles Taylor, the Nigerian presidency said on Friday.
President Olusegun Obasanjo’s office said in a statement that Liberia’s
newly elected head of state, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, had made a
“formal request” for the extradition of the former warlord.
And while on a visit to the US on Friday, Liberian President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf told the UN Security Council in New York that “it is time to
bring the Taylor issue to closure.”
IRIN March 17, 2006
Taylor to be handed over within three weeks?
Liberia's former warlord Charles Taylor, exiled in Nigeria, could be
extradited to Liberia within three weeks, his ex-wife said Friday.
"I have just been contacted by my (ex) husband and he has confirmed that he
has a copy of the letter, given to him this morning by the Nigerian
president Olusegun Obasanjo," Jewel Howard Taylor told AFP.
AFP March 10, 2006
President Sirleaf asks Nigeria to hand over former
Liberia's new president said Friday she will ask Nigeria to hand over
ex-warlord Charles Taylor to a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra
Leone, but declined to specify when, saying regional leaders must be
AP: January 20, 2006
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Taylor
According to her (President Sirleaf), Liberia was a founding
member of the United Nations, thus subjecting it to abiding by the UN
resolutions and regulations thereto.
As if she understands the standpoint from which the European Union (EU)
spoke on the issue of Taylor, she said the EU was trekking the path of the
United Nations which also wants to see Taylor turn over to Sierra Leone.
Stating what she would do with the issue of former President Charles Taylor
going to the UN-backed war crime court in Sierra Leone, she said she would
consult with West African leaders before a decision can be taken.
Analyst November 21, 2005
Charles Taylor upon arrival in Freetown, in bullet proof vest,
Charles Taylor handcuffed,
pictures courtesy of: Awoko (Sierra Leone Newspaper),
March 30, 2006